Priority of Love

"Jesus replied: 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'" - Matthew 22:37-39 
In a world full of distractions, responsibilities, and commitments, we often find ourselves struggling to prioritize what truly matters. Yet, at the core of our existence, God calls us to a simple, profound truth: love Him above everything else.

In Matthew 22:37-39, Jesus delivers the foundational commandment: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind." It is the first and greatest commandment. This call to love God wholeheartedly challenges us to place Him above all other concerns.
Loving God above all else means recognizing His supreme place in our lives. It means surrendering our will, our desires, and our ambitions to His loving and perfect plan. It involves daily communion with Him, seeking His guidance, and delighting in His presence.

When we make God our top priority, we acknowledge His sovereignty in every aspect of our lives. Our decisions, actions, and relationships all flow from the foundation of our love for Him. We look to Him for wisdom, strength, and direction.
But this love isn't confined to mere words or feelings. It's expressed through our love for others, fulfilling the second part of the commandment: "Love your neighbor as yourself." Our love for God should overflow into our relationships, inspiring us to treat others with compassion, kindness, and selflessness.

This love for our neighbor transcends borders, prejudices, and boundaries. It extends to everyone we encounter, regardless of their background, beliefs, or circumstances. It challenges us to meet the needs of those around us, to lend a listening ear, and to offer a helping hand.
In prioritizing God and loving our neighbor, we reflect the heart of our Savior. Jesus exemplified love in its purest form, showing compassion to the broken, offering forgiveness to the repentant, and teaching us to love as He loved.

I encourage you today to examine your priorities. Is God truly at the forefront of your heart and mind, and are you loving your neighbor as yourself? As you make these truths a foundational part of your life, you'll find that the essence of your existence is profoundly transformed by love, God's love, for He is love itself.

1 Comment

Sharon Porter - December 18th, 2023 at 2:35pm

I love the title and the Devotional you have chosen for us. Your words are always welcomed and I am always blessed by your insightful and thoughtful messages. Thank you for taking the time to help us start our days with these beautiful Devotionals.

The scripture you have chosen for is life changing.

Many times a day I am learning to be the person God has created me to be and just as many times I fall short of that goal. Thank goodness we serve a God who will never turn His back on us and is always willing to help us overcome those weaknesses.

Yesterday after service I was blessed to have the opportunity to go to Central and receive all the bountiful blessings of food and a beautiful voucher to get a yummy to the tummy turkey.

When I notice the amounts of these bountiful blessings I knew it would be far greater than what I could eat. I almost declined so the food could go to a family instead. And the Lord brought to my mind my sweet neighbors who are grandparents raising their granddaughter. After I received your bountiful blessings I dropped it off with them. And they were so grateful. Thank you for always be willing to be the hands and feet of Jesus.

I kept a few things for myself and kitty cat, MishaBear. I am so looking forward to be able to pick out a turkey, share the meat with my neighbors, will freeze some of it and enjoy it over the months to come with my kitty, MishaBear.🐱

You and your family are a daily reminder of our Savior's love. We are beyond blessed to have you all in our lives.🕊

Much love in Christ!🙏

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