Devotions for September 26, 2017

MARK 12:28-34

The Most Important Commandment
28 One of the teachers of religious law was standing there listening to the debate. He realized that Jesus had answered well, so he asked, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”

29 Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. 30 And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’[a] 31 The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] No other commandment is greater than these.”

32 The teacher of religious law replied, “Well said, Teacher. You have spoken the truth by saying that there is only one God and no other. 33 And I know it is important to love him with all my heart and all my understanding and all my strength, and to love my neighbor as myself. This is more important than to offer all of the burnt offerings and sacrifices required in the law.”

34 Realizing how much the man understood, Jesus said to him, “You are not far from the Kingdom of God.” And after that, no one dared to ask him any more questions.

REVALUING RELATIONSHIPS

Jesus tells us the greatest commandments are: 1) “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength”, and 2) “Love your neighbor as yourself”. Revaluing relationships must start from love. Only with the love of Christ working in and through you can you move your relationships from rivalry to reverence.

PERSONAL REFLECTION

Q: What does Jesus expect God’s children to do after receiving salvation? Why do you think love is so important to the Christian life?

Q: How can you surrender your will, your old beliefs and ways of viewing people around you, and allow the love of God to shine through you?

Q: How will you allow God to change your relationships from rivalry to reverence?

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