Growing in Love for Jesus: The First Commandment
No matter how weak or strong you feel, and regardless of your past or your personality, you can be ablaze with passion for Jesus. His power enables us to live faithful lives, choosing to love Him fully with all that we are and all that we have. Even amidst family, ministry, and daily demands, it is still possible to grow in love for Jesus in every area of life through His strength. You can love Him with all your heart. We express our love to God by resisting emotions that are contrary to His will.
What Is The 1st (First) Commandment In The Bible?
Our emotions are a very important and powerful part of our life. They are God-given and can be used to love Him. To do this, we must diligently keep our heart focused and clean.
We guard our hearts by refusing to allow our emotions to be inappropriately connected to money, positions of honor, wrong relationships, sinful addictions, bitterness, offense, and so forth. You can love Him with all your soul. We realign our identity, basing it on our relationship with God instead of on our accomplishments and the recognition we receive from people. In this way, our success is defined as being ones who are loved and chosen by God and who love God in return; this determines our personal worth.
We are anchored in the truth of the Word as the basis of our success and worth rather than in our accomplishments, recognition, or possessions. You can love Him with all your mind. Our mind is the doorway to our inner man.
It greatly affects our capacity to love. Much of our life occurs in our mind. When we fill our mind with Scripture and thoughts that inspire love for God, our capacity to love Jesus increases.
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If we fill our mind with wrong things, our capacity to love Jesus diminishes. Pride, that common human failing, breaks this command by putting self above God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.
Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Both good times and bad times can test our commitment to put God first. How we respond in our trials shows Him whether we always put God first.
Examples in Several Different Passages of Scripture
God loves us so much, He is jealous of anyone or anything that will fool us or cheat us of a real relationship with Him. But people then and now have not listened, and our longsuffering God, though slow to anger, warns us of His righteous, controlled wrath.
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The Bible clearly points to the coming Day of the Lord as a time when His wrath will be powerfully displayed to fulfill His long-term purposes. The Bible also tells the story of how even the pagan Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar learned about the power and uniqueness of the true God. He cast three followers of God into a superheated furnace for not bowing down to an image he set up.
The First Command
When they came out, not even a hair on their heads was singed. In the New Testament, Jesus also stressed the importance of putting God first, before all the things we grasp for in this life. Continue Reading.