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It’s all about love!

Scripture reading for February 2nd: Mark 12

Key Scriptures: Mark 12:28-31 “And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that He answered them well asked Him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus answered, “The most important commandment is ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is One. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.””

Jesus had been disputing with the scribes and Pharisees concerning different current religious and political issues. They were trying to trap Jesus by their questions but were not successful. One scribe asked about the greatest commandment and Jesus gave a simple answer, quoted from the Scriptures of Moses. The greatest commandment was to love God fully and completely and the second greatest was to love your neighbor as yourself. These two commandments summed up the whole law of God. It was all about love and love drew obedience from the heart. The scribe had to agree with Jesus and Jesus told him he was not far from the kingdom!

Deuteronomy 6:3 “Hear therefore, O Israel, and be careful to do them, that it may go well with you, and that you may multiply greatly, as the Lord, the God of your fathers, has promised you, in a land flowing with milk and honey.”

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, I love You will all my heart, soul, mind and strength through the Holy Spirit You gave me. I desire to love my neighbor as myself. Help me daily to walk in Your love and let Your love flow through me.

Romans 5:5 “. . .and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit Who has been given to us.”

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Faith and Love work together!

Scripture reading for February 25th:  Mark 12, Psalm 40, Proverbs 9

Key Scriptures: Mark 12:28-31 “And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that He answered them well, asked Him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?”  Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel:  The Lord our God, the Lord is One.  And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’  The second is this:  ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’  There is no other commandment greater than these.””

Jesus was asked by a scribe to give His opinion on the most important commandment.  Jesus quoted Deuteronomy 6:4-5 and Leviticus 19:18 about loving God and loving your neighbor.  Love is foundational to faith.  We can trust someone we love.  We believe someone we love.  Love always wants the best for the one loved.  Love for God is first enabling love for your neighbor.

Faith’s confession:  Lord, I love You with all my heart and soul and mind and strength and want to please You through obedience.  Thank You for helping me love my neighbor as myself.  I am still growing in both.  (Action step:  Show God or your neighbor you love them today in a tangible way.)

Psalm 40:8-9  “I delight to do Your will, O my God; Your law is within my heart.  I have told the glad news of deliverance in the great congregation.”  

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The greatest commandment!

Scripture reading for February 25th:  Mark 12

Key scriptures for over-comers:  Mark 12:28-31  “One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating.  Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”  “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this:  ‘Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One.  Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’  The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  There is no commandment greater than these.”

Religious people like to discuss theology and God’s word.  It was no different in Jesus’ day. The teachers of this time had identified the ten Mosaic commandments and over 600 other commandment from the Scriptures.   Each teacher had their own interpretations of the various laws and scriptures.  One of these law teachers came to Jesus with an honest question:  “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”  Jesus did not hesitate for a moment, but identified two that comprised the greatest commandment:  Love God completely and love your neighbor as yourself.  Jesus taught that these two summed up all the laws of God.  In loving God, we eliminate idolatry and giving God second place.  We won’t profane His name or His day–the Sabbath.  In loving our neighbor, we won’t murder, commit adultery, lie, steal or covet and we will honor our father and mother.  This complete love fulfills the law.

Observations for over-comers:  Love involves relationship–first with God and also with our neighbor and ourselves! Love never fails!  “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not be in want.  He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul.  He guides me in paths of righteousness of His own name’s sake.” (Psalm 23:1-3)

 

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