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Deuteronomy 6: Not Some

by in Soul Food

"Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength." (Deuteronomy 6:5)

If you were on the TV show "Jeopardy" with Alex Trebeck and this verse came up as the answer, you would provide this question: "What did Jesus say was the greatest commandment in the Law?" (And you would be right, and you would win a million dollars, let's say. Nice job.)

Out of all of the commandments in the Law (and there's a ton of them), Jesus said that what matters most is our love for God. And it's not just about texting those three little words to God every few days. It's the kind of love that motivates action. It's the kind of love that doesn't hold anything back.

Since the Israelites (like us!) should have no other gods besides the one, true God, they didn't need to divide their love with any other idol or deity. All of their love could be spent (in thoughts, words, decision, and actions) in one place, on one relationship.

Think: What does it mean to you, practically speaking, to love God with all of your heart, soul, and strength?

Pray: Ask God to help you to love Him with all of your heart, soul, and strength.

Do: Read Jesus' full answer to the question in Matthew 22:34-40.

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