Following the First Two Commandments

Matthew 22:37-39

And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.  This is the great and first commandment.  And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.  On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets.”

Thought for the Day:   Love the Lord Your God and your neighbor as yourself.

Well, there you go.  As I read a devotion from The Upper Room this morning my first thought was, “Well, let’s just put it like it is!”  The author was speaking of new things and how we come across to people when we are out and about.  We have all heard the conversations about what sign the cross around our neck, or cross earrings, or cross decorations give others.  Do we live a life that supports showing a cross off, or “the fish”, or do we occasionally faulter and miss the mark.  As I go through life, sometimes I mess up.  Sometimes, I wake up on “the wrong side of the bed” or turn into “Dr Jekyll or Mr. Hyde” in the midst of a conversation, especially with my family.  What does this tell my children?  Do they remember in those moments that their mother is a Christian woman with Christian values, or does that thought get wiped totally out of their minds.  What thoughts that has given me this morning.

The Upper Room Devotion was based on the scripture from Matthew 22 about Jesus when a lawyer tested Him with this question, “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?”  Jesus replied to him, “’You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’  This is the greatest and first commandment.  And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’  On these two commandments hang all the law of the prophets.”  As I read I remembered that a long time ago, I was taught that if we keep these two commandments, we will not be able to break any of the others.

Prayer:  Father God, help us today to love you with all our hearts, and to love our neighbors as ourselves.  If we do that, we are sure to do a few more things right.  Be with us today in our attitudes and in our behaviors as we look to You for guidance.  Amen

Prayer Focus:  Following God’s Commandments

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