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The Greatest Commandment

spring May 30, 2022

Some people complain that the Christian faith is full of do’s and don’ts. There are plenty of lists of things to avoid in scripture and frankly, few of us have read the Bible from cover to cover, let alone comprehend all of the things we should and should not do.

When Jesus was asked about the most important commandment, he replied with one that sums everything up. He said,

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments. Matthew 22:36-40

Now, I am not condoning that we avoid reading the Bible. In fact, I recommend that we actually spend more time in scripture each day. The more I study evangelists such as Billy Graham, Jonathan Edwards, George Whitfield, John Wesley, Francis Asbury, Charles Finney, Jeremiah Lanphier, Billy Sunday, William Seymour, etc. the more I see the need to read the Bible every day. It should be an intentional appointment we set, each and every day. I actually  have scheduled on my calendar, and I must admit that I sometimes fail to keep the appointment as I should. Please pray that I do better with this myself.

As we mature as Christ-followers, it is essential that we pray and read the Bible. There are all sorts of ideas for reading scripture. The most obvious is to use the physical Bible and start reading. Billy Graham recommended, “Begin by reading the Gospel of John, for it tells us of Christ, of the greatest life ever lived, and what he has done for us. Next read Acts, for it tells us what His first disciples did in the power of God’s Holy Spirit. Then perhaps the letters of John and the letter to the Philippians. Then you may want to read Romans, which sets forth the great doctrines which Paul taught.”

 

Heavenly Father,

Thank you God for Jesus and the life He lived on Earth. Thank you for His resurrection and the truth that He is alive today! Thank you for loving us so much that you gave us the Bible. And thank you for simplifying the commandments to say we are to love you, Lord, and to love others.

Father, I ask that you help me do better. Help me to be more intentional with my daily Bible reading. Help me to make this appointment one that I will not miss for anything. Lord, please help me to mature as a Christ-follower this year in ways I cannot imagine, but You already know. I pray our relationship grows stronger and stronger every day.

Father help me to love you more and to love others better. Help me to be obedient to all of the commandments and to yearn, long, thirst, and hunger for a sin-less lifestyle. Lord, I know I am a sinner and I ask that you reveal to me my sins. I want to do better as I strive to sin less often and be more intentional with my words and deeds. I truly desire to honor and please you in all that I do.

In Jesus’ name, I pray,

Amen

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