“And you shall love the Lord your God with all your mind, heart, and your entire being, and with all your might.” Deuteronomy 6:5 Amplified
Who doesn’t want love? We all want to be loved, accepted, respected, included. Our verse today says that our first love should be to God. Even Jesus said, when asked about the greatest commandments, that you should love God and your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:37-39).
Some people have a hard time loving God because, though He is all around us, He is unseen. I think that’s why Jesus told us the second greatest commandment is to love your neighbor, because you can see your neighbor. Jesus also said that when you did anything for someone else you did as if it were for Him (Matthew 25:40).
So what do you do when your neighbor is in sin? Jesus ate and drank with sinners. We should be loving to those in sin since we were once sinners, knowingly doing what God declared wrong.
Some people like to think the Bible has no rules, that it’s all about love. They believe that if we just love people enough they will turn to God. I agree that the best way to bring people to know God is with love, but even Jesus told the woman caught in adultery that though He did not condemn her, he told her to go and sin no more (John 8:11).
Returning to our verse today we must look at how we love God. Yes, we love Him by loving others, but we also show our love for Him by being obedient children. Proverbs 21:3 says, “To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.” There are rules in every household, parents love their children, but order must be maintained and rules obeyed. God is our Abba Father and loves us dearly, rules keep us safe.
Life is all about balance, love is – obeying God and doing it out of love for others.