Week 25/Day 1: Love God, Love Others

Memory Verse for Love God, Love others

Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 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.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

Mark 12:29-31 ESV

Spiritual Discipline: Morning and Evening Prayer

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.  You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.  And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.  You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. …”

Deuteronomy 6:4-9

Write the words of Deuteronomy found above as a personal prayer. Place the prayer by your bed.

When you awake each morning pray this prayer.

Before you close your eyes for the night pray the prayer once more.

Day 1

Read Deuteronomy 6:4-9

Does this passage sound familiar?

When Jesus was asked about the most important commandment, He began with the exact words found in Deuteronomy. In the Jewish tradition this a portion of a prayer they pray both morning and evening called the Shema.

Read verses 7-9 once more.

Make a list of things God commanded His people to do.

When you look at the entire list as a whole, what comes to mind about how God wants us to love Him?

Loving God is all consuming. It moves us to tell our children, write it on our walls, talk about it with others, and keep it before us in what we see and what we do.

Does God’s love consume you today? Your thoughts, your actions, even your home decorating? Why or why not?

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