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Four-fold Love

Finding help in the Word


Mark 12:28-34.


The Most Important Commandment:

Our text tells the story of how one of the teachers of the law came to Jesus, and asked what the most important commandment was.   Jesus looked at him and replied:

"And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
and with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength."

The teacher of the law then said, "Well said, teacher!  You are right in saying that God is One, and there is no other God but Him.  You must love Him with all your heart, with all your understanding, and with all your strength, and to love your neighbour as yourself is more important than all the burnt offerings and sacrifices."  When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, He said to him, "You are not far from the kingdom of God."

Loving God:

When we begin to worship and praise God, we also have to acknowledge that our only God is a Great, Big, Awesome God!  Looking at the above commandment, we find that there are four ways in which we need to love God:

  1.  With all our hearts.

  2.  With all our souls.

  3.  With all our minds.

  4.  With all our strength.

Serving God:

As teachers and leaders, let's be an example to the children and check every day that we are loving God in these four ways.   We can test this by examining our prayers, how we worship and praise God, our thoughts, our words, our actions and by the way that we treat other people.

Make a start today and know that God will lead and guide and strengthen you, as you seek to serve and honour Him in all that you do and say.

God bless!

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