Matthew 22:37


Joy of the Lord

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. — Matthew 22:37-40

Jesus replied ” You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul and all your mind ” This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ” Love your neighbor as yourself ” The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.

Loving God is a commandment in God’s Word because, like following all the commandments, loving God brings good into our lives. It is not a commandment because God fears that we will not love Him unless He commands us to do so. Rather, it is a commandment because God alone is worthy to be loved. It is the only appropriate response to make toward One who loves as He loves.

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