Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. (Deuteronomy 6:5.) But be very careful to keep the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the Lord gave you: to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, to keep his commands, to hold fast to him and serve him with all your heart and with all your soul. (Joshua 22:5.) Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. (Matthew 22:37.)
I wanted to wrap up this #LoveChallenge series with some other verses on loving God and loving others (Psalm 90:14; 91:14), but I kept coming back to these. It’s right where we started on Feb.1, with the first and greatest commandment.
It’s fitting we end here, too. Not really end, though, because our love for the Lord our God should never stop. Just like his unfailing love towards us never ends, so we must continue to walk in love and obedience to his command: to love him above all else.
I started listening to Read Scripture Podcast with Francis Chan a few days ago. Today, as I was walking to work from the bus stop I tuned to the current episode, Week 8 of reading through the Bible. The theme was on loving God from the Scripture in Deuteronomy 22:5, which Jesus quoted in Matthew 22:37.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. (Deuteronomy 6:5.)
“This is,” said Chan, “the greatest commandment – is love – to love God. And that’s really what this podcast is all about – it’s not a sermon, it’s not here’s someone else teaching you about God, it’s me begging you: please, please get alone with him. Get alone with the word of God because you want to learn about this person that you love.”
He went on passionately pleading: “Get away from everything else so it’s just you and him, because he’s your first love and because this is the greatest command. It’s to love him…there’s an intensity to this. It’s not just about, hey, wake up and do some Bible reading. No, it’s get up and love him with all of your heart.”
Loving God is a big deal. No, it’s the biggest deal of our life. Nothing else matters as much as putting God first and loving him with all of our being: our heart, our mind, our soul, all of our might.
Loving God is in response to his unfailing love toward us. It’s in response to his satisfying us with his unfailing love. And when we know God loves us we love him back with a response to sing for joy and be glad all our days.
Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. Psalm 90:14
(See, I was able to get Psalm 90:14 into this final love challenge post!)
Right now I’m thinking of the soldier in the movie Hacksaw Ridge who kept going back to bring more of his wounded soldiers off the battlefield where they lay. “Help me get one more,” he would say after each one was lowered to safety off the ridge. “Help me get one more…help me get one more,” on and on he went – 75 times.
This is unfailing love. God keeps bringing us back – time after time. He loves us so much. He loves us with an everlasting love.
He wants to love us and he wants us to love him back.
What will you do today to love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength?
He’s waiting. He knows your heart. And, as Paul wrote, God wants to give you a “Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.” (Ephesians 1:17.)
There are plenty of Bible reading choices to help get you started in spending time with God. You could get the YouVersion Bible app and pick out a plan from 100s of choices. You could also check out the ReadScripture.org app and plan.
Choose a plan, any plan, and begin to spend time with the one you love.
Previous Posts in the #LoveChallenge Series of February
- Sing of the Lord’s Great Love
- Put on Love
- Treasure Your Treasure with a Little Heart Emoji
- Abounding in love
- Love and Faithfulness United
- Celebrating Love for God’s Word
- Inseparable Love
- A Love for God’s People Brings Prayer for Christian Maturity
- The Invincibility of Marital Love
- The Lord’s Loving Rebuke and Discipline
- Remain in Jesus’ Love
- No Greater Love
- What Great Love
- What Not to Love
- Turn On Your Love Light
- An Introduction to Love According to John
- Love Deeply
- His Everlasting Love
- Love for Neighbor
- His Loving Eye
- God Gave us a Spirit of Love
- Love Never Fails – Period
- Love Is – Love Is Not
- How to Live an Ineffective and Meaningless Life – Without Love
- The First and Greatest Commandment