Our Relationship with God: Day Two

JANUARY 5TH, 2021      |      The passage of scripture Jesus is quoting here is found in Deuteronomy 6:4-9. It is called the Shema, which means “to hear, to obey.” It is a celebrated passage which became Judaism’s basic confession of faith. According to rabbinic law, it was to be recited morning and night and this would have been Jesus’ experience growing up. In obedience to Deuteronomy 4:8-9, Jews would wear a phylactery, a small leather box containing Hebrew texts worn as a reminder to keep the law. Later they would put a copy of the Shema in a small metal box or skin bag and place it on the doorpost – it is called a “mezuzah.” I am humbled and convicted by their love for the text and devotion to it. When I consider how loved I am by God, it wrecks my heart. It compels me to want to love Him all the more. How do you experience His love toward you? Have an intimate conversation with Him and ask Him to enlarge your heart to love Him more deeply. Ask Him what it means to love Him with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. Jesus stretches the tent pegs on this great commandment by including loving others as ourselves. It helps me to approach this passage with this in mind: love God completely, love others compassionately, and love yourself correctly. To love ourselves correctly involves a willingness to extend ourselves the same grace we extend to others. It means being curious and kind. Curious about what you say and believe about yourself and kind, patient and forgiving with your own shortcomings. Remember this, there is nothing you can do today to cause God to love you more. There is nothing you can do today that will diminish His love for you. From that foundation, let’s love well . . . God, others and ourselves.

Our Relationship with God: Day Two

Mark 12:28-31

Mark 12:28-31

The passage of scripture Jesus is quoting here is found in Deuteronomy 6:4-9. It is called the Shema, which means “to hear, to obey.” It is a celebrated passage which became Judaism’s basic confession of faith. According to rabbinic law, it was to be recited morning and night and this would have been Jesus’ experience growing up.

In obedience to Deuteronomy 4:8-9, Jews would wear a phylactery, a small leather box containing Hebrew texts worn as a reminder to keep the law. Later they would put a copy of the Shema in a small metal box or skin bag and place it on the doorpost – it is called a “mezuzah.” I am humbled and convicted by their love for the text and devotion to it. When I consider how loved I am by God, it wrecks my heart. It compels me to want to love Him all the more. How do you experience His love toward you? Have an intimate conversation with Him and ask Him to enlarge your heart to love Him more deeply.

Ask Him what it means to love Him with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. Jesus stretches the tent pegs on this great commandment by including loving others as ourselves.

It helps me to approach this passage with this in mind: love God completely, love others compassionately, and love yourself correctly. To love ourselves correctly involves a willingness to extend ourselves the same grace we extend to others.

It means being curious and kind. Curious about what you say and believe about yourself and kind, patient and forgiving with your own shortcomings. Remember this, there is nothing you can do today to cause God to love you more.

There is nothing you can do today that will diminish His love for you. From that foundation, let’s love well . . . God, others and ourselves.

Responding to the Word

What is the Holy Spirit saying to you from God’s Word?  

How can you apply this to your life?

Prayer

Father, we love You so much.  Enlarge our hearts’ capacity today to love You more, to love others with compassion and to love ourselves correctly. Grow my heart in this way . . .

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