The First and Greatest Commandment!

Commentary By:  Gordon King

The first and greatest commandment is to love the Lord your God with all of your heart, soul, and mind!

Matthew 22:37-38

‘Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’38 This is the first and great commandment.” ‘

God loves us unconditionally, and all He want’s in return is for us to love Him back, with all of our heart, soul, and mind.  And if we truly love God then we will want to be pleasing to God, we will in fact have faith in God and His word, for without faith it is impossible to please God.

Hebrews 11:6

“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”

If we love God as He tells us to then we shall seek Him, trust Him, and have faith in Him and His words to us.  If we truly love God then we will be walking in the spirit and not the flesh.

This means that we seek God at all times and in all things, that we give Him thanks in and for all things.  It’s not merely enough to just say that we love God without being true to God, without being holy as He is holy.

1 Peter 1:16

‘because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” ‘

So we are to be holy because God is holy, that means to be set aside for God, to be serving His purpose, consecrated to God and His will for us in our lives.

And if we say that we have faith in God then we must show our faith by our works, for without works our faith is dead.

James 2:17

“Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”

And to truly love God then it means that we trust in what He tells us is the truth, not only in word but in action and in faith, by trusting in the power of God and His might!  When we pray we should pray with faith and conviction, knowing that God will hear us and will answer our prayers, that He has the ability to answer our prayers no matter how miraculous they may seem to us.  For His thoughts are not our thoughts, and His ways are not our ways.

Isaiah 55:8

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.’

He may not answer our prayers in the way in which we want, but He will answer them, perhaps not in our time either, but in His time, which is far different then our time, for God is not within the dimension of time.

The point is that God loves us dearly and wants us to succeed, to be blessed, He wants things to work together for our good.

Romans 8:28

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”

So even though things might not be working out the way that we had hoped or planned we can always trust in God!  And when things in this world get darker we can still trust in God and know that He is with us and shall never forsake us!

God bless my friends!  Maranatha!