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Our Freedom in Christ

Have no rival to your love for God; make all other loves secondary to God in your life

Our Freedom in Christ
Our Freedom to Love Ourselves and Others – Part II

Scripture Reading: Matthew 22:34-40 NLT

Key Verses: Matthew 22:37-38 NLT
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.”

Today’s Key Verses give us the first of the two greatest commandments that are the most important.

If Jesus had said that we must love the Lord and ended it there, we might not find it quite as hard to obey. But when Jesus added the phrase “with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind”, it was a game changer.

This phrase is powerful because it is the basis of the entire law and all the demands of the prophets.

Think about this: we humans can love many people at the same time. We can love our parents, our spouse, and our kids. We can share a similar level of love with our closest friends.

But what we cannot do is love more than one person with all our hearts, all our souls, and all our minds!

Sometimes people leave out the kind of love that Jesus was talking about. Find the clearest definition of this love in the Gospel of John 15:14 NLT:

“If you love me, obey my commandments”.

Another verse that defines love is 1 John 5:3 NLT:

Loving God means keeping His commandments, and His commandments are not burdensome.

When we use the word “love”, we mostly refer to a feeling that we have. But the love of God involves far more than a feeling; God’s kind of love involves action or behavior.

Love for God is a priority for our lives even if it goes against other loves in our lives. Jesus describes this love for God in His Sermon on the Mount when He tells all who want to follow Him to:

“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need. (Matthew 6:33 NLT)

Note the priority statement: ”above all else”. Now we can clearly understand why this first command is the basis of all other commands of God.

When make the first of Jesus’s commandments a priority and make it our highest value, we can carry out all other commandments automatically. This clarifies why the first commandment is so hard for us to obey. It takes a full surrender of all our interests and worldly values. We must say “no” to all things that would take our love for God out of first place.

Our love for God must have no rivals… money, power, or fame must all take second place to God in our lives.

Father, I want to surrender all to You, please help me see anything that I am hanging on to. I will seek You first in all things. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.