The greatest commandment

Years ago, I heard Jesus’ say that the greatest commandment is to love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. I was convinced I could never do that.

As time went on I moved from seeing this as a burden to a great and noble pursuit. After all, I was loved by Him in a way that I couldn’t honestly say I deserved.

Jesus went on to say that the second greatest command was like the first, to love my neighbor as myself. Another seemingly impossible feat yet, a lifestyle that is compelling.

If there is anything I’d like my great-grandchildren to know about me it would be this: that I loved God with all my heart and I loved people with equal fervor.

Deuteronomy 6:4-7 “Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.

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