Love God by John Cortright
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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.

Luke 7:36-50

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.

Ephesians 2:1-10

He loved us with His great love when we were dead in trespasses and sins.

Revelation 2:1-5

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!

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