Daily Devotion On Loving The Lord
The primary message from the teachings of Jesus Christ is love. Jesus taught many times to “love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.” He also taught us to love thy neighbor as thyself.
Then we come to this passage found in Matthew 10:35-37 which reads:
“For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household. He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.” (Matthew 10:35-37)
At first glance this passage seems a little vigorous and not the calming message of peace that love is. But in looking more closely we see that this passage of scripture fits nicely within the theme of love. It is a message of prioritizing our love.
We learn that we should love God and His only begotten Son in the flesh more than anyone or anything. Yes indeed, we must love God more than our spouse or children. We must love God more than any feeling or thought in our mind and more than anything in this world.
This kind of love requires great faith. It is easy to love someone you can touch and hold within you arms. It’s easy to love someone you can physically laugh with and find joy with in person. But it takes great faith to love someone you haven’t seen with your mortal eyes. The scriptures teach us to “trust in The Lord with all thine heart.” If we can trust in The Lord with all our heart then we should be able to love God with all our heart and before anyone or anything else.
Love is the greatest human emotion of all. If we can exercise our faith to love our Savior and our Father in Heaven before anyone or anything then we can have faith enough for anything else.
“Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.” (Matthew 22:37)
If we love God first and foremost then the love we have for our spouse and children and any other worthy thing will be so much the better. That love will be more pure and Christ like.
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