AND YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH -Mark 12:30
Mark 12:19-30 -- The first and great commandment, foremost of all -- love God!
This is the first and great commandment. In Deuteronomy we are told to love God and cling (cleave, hold fast) to Him (Deuteronomy 10:20; 11:22; 13:4; 30:19-20). This is the same word used in Genesis 2:24, that a man should cleave, be joined, to his wife.
1 John 5:3
This commandment to love God is not burdensome. It is not to be a difficult, painstaking ordeal.
1 John 4:10, 16, 19
We love because He first loved us.
When you truly experience God’s love in your life, the natural response is to love Him back in return.
John 3:16; Romans 6:6-10
God loved us when we were sinners. He didn’t love us because we deserved love.
He loved us with His great love when we were dead in trespasses and sins.
Don’t forget your first love.
Ezekiel 16:1ff; Hosea 2:5-23; 3:1ff - An allegory of Yahweh’s love to an unfaithful bride
Psalm 16:1ff -- A psalm of David
David Loved God. Yahweh was his portion. In His presence is fullness of joy!