The Greatest Commandment, LOVE

 

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31     

 

What does this kind of love look like?

 

 

There’s things we want to do, and we make the time.

         Watch sports, go out drinking, help a friend, watch TV, share the gospel, go shopping, 

 

There’s things we need to do, and we make the time.

         Bathing the children, feeding the family, cleaning the house, 

 

There’s things we have to do, and we make the time.

         Eat, sleep, go to work, go to school 

 

There’s things we love to do, and we make the time.

         Get together with friends, ??

 

 

Then there’s the things we say we want, or need, or love – yet we never seem to have the time to do these things.

 

Wants: learn a skill, keep the house cleaner, eat healthier meals, get a job, read the Bible more, eat as a family, change a bad habit, start a good one

 

Needs: exercise or stretch, maintain equipment or vehicles, do laundry more often, stop getting so angry, stop cursing, stop lying  

 

Love: Read, go to the beach, make music 

 

How many of you want:

Freedom

Peace

Joy

To know God’s purpose for your life

To make a difference with your life

To know God intimately, not just about Him

 

How many of you would come forward for me to pray for you and anoint you?

 

Do you realize that even after I pray for you and anoint you, YOU usually have to do what it takes to activate the anointing, YOU have to put in the time. You have to be intentional with how you want to live. 

 

 

One of the scribes came and heard them arguing, and recognizing that He had answered them well, asked Him, “What commandment is the foremost of all?” 29 Jesus answered, “The foremost is, ‘Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is one Lord; 30 and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:28-31     

 

Also: Matt 22:37-40 & Luke 10:25-29 - The Good Samaritan Luke 10:30-37

 

HEART 2588 Kardia character, inner self, will, intention, center.

         Everything within you, who you are that can’t be seen in the natural. Mind, will, and emotions.

 

SOUL 5590 psuche: breath, will, self, human person, mind, feelings, emotions, passion the soul is an essence which differs from the body and is not dissolved by death.

 

I think the soul is deep within our belly, I think it goes deeper than our heart. 

 

Like in Psalm 93: O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, In a dry and weary land where there is no water.       

         

 

MIND 1271 dianoia: Reasoning, intellect, insight, thought, understanding.

The mind is where we read the Bible, and choose to make changes and live according to God’s ways.

 

STRENGTH 2479 ischus: power, might, force, ability 

         I think this strength is found deep within us (like mother lifting car off of baby). It involves courage, boldness, and fearlessness we didn’t know we had. I think it also means keeping our faith, even when it looks like nothing is happening, strength keeps us believing, keeps us going.

 

Love -  agape – Unconditional love, charity, the love inside us we give freely to others.

Eros -  Romantic love, intimate love

Phillia  - brotherly love

 

 

We say we want more of God, we want to experience His peace, freedom, promises

 

We say we need to go to church more, pray as a family more

 

WE SAY WE LOVE GOD, BUT DO WE REALLY? DO WE SHOW IT? DO WE LIVE IT?        

 

What is love:

1 Cor 13:3-

Mercy

Grace