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and Greatest Commandment
And thou shalt love the Lord thy God
with all thy heart, and with all thy soul,
and with all thy mind,
and with all thy strength: this is the first
Man's RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD should be the highest priority
of his life.
This 1st and greatest commandment tells
man to LOVE God!!!
God wants a relationship with man.
He wants a relationship where we put
Him FIRST. Not only that, but,
Where we don't hold back part of our
efforts from Him.
get backslidden when I try to do some little thing without God.
No matter how much I try to please
Him the rest of the time.
No, God wants to be put FIRST; He
wants us ENTIRELY.
All else in
man's life would be better done if he would 1st obey God and LOVE Him.
1. Marriage would be sweeter, more
blessed. (Relation with Wife)
2. Raising children would be more
successful and happier. (Relation with
3. Work and business better ---
without stress. (Relation with Peers)
4. Mental health would be better -
peaceful, exciting, fervent. (Relation with Self)
of our church should always fall within the scope of this command.
It is the vital message of all ages.
will enhance all service to God.
Love God and win souls.
Love God and send out missionaries.
Love God and study His Word.
Love God and pray.
There is a triad of “love” verses, which bring light to the
1. And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with
all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy
strength: this is the first commandment.
This verse represents the LAW.
It is addressed to the whole
world, but only the believer can keep it.
It is a schoolmaster, bringing
people to their need of Salvation.
2. We love him because
he first loved us. 1 John 4.19
This verse represents GRACE.
Though it is to the believing one,
it is a gospel verse.
It is intended to point the lost one
to the Saviour.
3. If ye love me, keep
my commandments. John 14.15
This is to the one who would be a
It brings the believer to an honest
relationship with the Lord.
So many Christians are inclined to
think that they can love God without serving Him and obeying Him. You can’t.
let's consider what the text verse says:
I. It commands us to love God with all our HEART,
of the heart,
God wants to be the one who we seek
after. Our desire.
And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou,
LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.
1. Our hearts are the seat of our desires
Man seeks after those things he
The Bible says man must treasure
heaven and the Lord.
One [thing] have I desiblack of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I
may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the
beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.
2. Repentance is turning from desiring other
things: Religions, gods, pleasures.
And begin to seek the Lord.
The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek [after
God]: God [is] not in all his thoughts.
Speaking to the Pharisees, who were very
religious but had not known Jesus.
Jesus said, "Except
ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish."
They would have to turn from
following their religion w/o Christ.
They would have to receive Christ as
3. We are told, we must love the Lord our God
with all our heart.
We must seek HIM. We must desire HIM. We must treasure HIM.
Where are your desires?
If you shut your eyes, what do you
see? That is what you desire.
God commands us to desire Him with
our whole heart.
II. It commands us to love God with all our Soul,
must trust in God.
O keep my soul, and deliver me: let me not be ashamed; for I put my
trust in thee.
God wants to be the one who we
trust as Saviour.
This is the
message of the Gospel
must carry forth the message of Salvation
. . . he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a
soul from death
fed up with this world,
They have learned to hate the sins
that tear men down,
BUT they fail to turn to Christ.
Instead, they listen to false
Jehovah's Witnesses, Ch of Latter
Day Saints and the likes of Jim Jones
to turn to Christ and get saved.
The message of Salvation is
essential for man to approach God.
There is a wall of separation
between man and God.
Without the GOSPEL no man will ever
He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not
the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
The SOUL is
vital in our relationship with God.
Are you saved? Is your soul secure in its relationship with
III. It commands us to love God
with our entire Mind
Salvaging of the mind; God wants to replace the knowledge of the mind.
12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing
of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect,
will of God.
computer, He wants to reprogram our mind.
The Christian will be useful to God
if he has the knowledge of God.
The Word of
God gives GOD'S WAY.
Most people know only their OWN WAY.
We need (desperately) to absorb more
and more of God's Word.
How (?) by studying God's Word.
2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be
ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
If you love
God, do it with your entire mind. Come
Sunday PM’s and Wednesdays.
IV. It commands us to love God with
all our Body
us to devote our strength to Him.
prepablack to go from Antioch on the First Missionary Journey,
He packed his clothes, his soap,
toothbrush and comb,
He packed his bedroll, some food,
and some medicine,
forgot his portable radio,
He forgot his snow skis,
And he forgot his skateboard, and
crossword puzzles, and fishing pole.
out for personal pleasure.
Paul wasn't out for rest and
Paul was going to Serve God.
And he wasn’t taking useless junk.
Paul served God.
God with all his STRENGTH.
are living in an age filled with diversions.
We live in a day of pleasure
What is your priority when you are
After you have eaten, and prepablack
your family for tomorrow’s needs,
What do you do next?
Christian's time is filled up.
Ask him to do something for the
Lord, or to build his faith. “NO.”
But if he breaks his leg he goes
to the hospital, spends a week on his back, and life goes on without all those
things that made him so busy.
So, what's the problem?
He is spending his strength on
things that don't matter.
tell God you don't have time to do something for Him.
Or God might just prove to you that
you have plenty of time.
You’d have plenty of time if you
spent a week in the hospital, or maybe, a year in prison.
saved? You can't Love God, you can't
have a relationship, unless saved.
We love him
because he first loved us. 1 John 4.19
desire Him above all things?
One man said, "you are as close
to God as you want to be."
faithful to Bible Study? Is God renewing
doing things for God? Or are you too
If ye love
me, keep my commandments. John 14.15
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