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Once we have been transformed by the love God has for us, we will love others.
So what is the most important thing we can do in order to be accepted into God's Kingdom? That's the burning question for all of humanity. Jesus answers this question. We have been given the answer, but can we even hear it?
This week we hear from Hans on "Loving People", as Hans outlines 1 John 3:11-24 and challenges us to be examples of God's love to one another and to the world.
What is the greatest commandment? Many people who have spent any time in Church will probably be able to correctly answer this question. Most of us will give the answer here “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” This passage is probably very familiar to most of us. However, a problem with familiarity is that in our comfort we can breeze over things. The answer to the question of what is the greatest commandment starts with “Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One”. This is an incredibly important part of the answer because if you are not living in the reality that the Lord is your one and only God then talking about loving God and your neighbor does not make a lot of sense. Our loving God and our neighbor finds its meaning in the reality of God being your one and only God. We all need to consider whether our belief in one God is more than an intellectual. We are surrounded by other functional gods; things that we cannot live without. If you have a functional god that is not God, then your statement that you believe that there is only one God is a mere intellectual statement. You are not living like you truly believe the Lord is your God, that the Lord is the one and only. That makes you an idolater. We must flee from our idolatry before we can really love God and our neighbors as we should.
The essence of the Law is easy to grasp: Love of neighbor is the fulfillment of the Law.
This world is not our home! Let us love God with all our soul and remember the good promise that we will be at home with Him in heaven forever.
Loving God with all of our strength requires the God-given spirit of power, and of love, and of self-discipline.
Maybe God wants us to love Him with all of our hearts because He loves us with all of His. Let us not be lukewarm or half-hearted Christians, but totally sold-out in our devotion to the Lord!
Christians are called to engage our brains in our relationship with God and love the Lord with all our mind.
Moses ends his first round of sermons by driving home his main themes. His hope for God's people is that they'd be fully alive to the grace of God, awed by his faithfulness to them, and encouraged by his presence with them as they move into the Promised Land. His summary covers 4 main topics: Love God with all you are, watch closely the deceptiveness of your heart, keep the Redemptive story in front of your mind and heart, and remember God has called you into His mission for His purposes.