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The Greatest Commandment

Matt 22:37-38 And He said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” This is the great and first commandment.
1 Pet 1:8 Whom having not seen, you love; into whom though not seeing Him at present, yet believing, you exult with joy that is unspeakable and full of glory.

…Indeed, since we are all believers, we ought to love God. No other religion speaks of loving God like ours. Loving God is unique to Christianity. The Bible says that he who believes in the Son has life. Believing is adequate because it does not say to believe with all your heart. He that believes will have eternal life. We are never told to believe with all our heart. However, loving God requires all our heart, all our soul, and all our mind. This is the first commandment. No matter where it is placed, this commandment is always the first.
This is also the greatest commandment. Wherever it may be, it is the greatest. Today we must praise God for commanding us to love Him. God desires that we love Him because this profits Him. To believe in the Lord and have eternal life are for our profit. God not only wants us to believe in Him, but also to love Him. In 1 Peter 1:8 it says that we love Him because we believe in Him. What is born out of this love through believing? It is joy that is unspeakable and full of glory. May you be a passionate lover of the Lord Jesus!

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