How Much Do You Love God?

I was reading a commentary on Matthew 22 today. The Pharisees were trying to trick Jesus and asked Him what the greatest commandment was.  Jesus replied,

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:37-40.

And I asked myself, “How much do you love God?”  I asked in earnest. I stopped reading. I couldn’t answer. I couldn’t say how much I love God. At that moment I didn’t know.

In his commentary, Matthew Henry writes,

Our love of God must be a sincere love, and not in word and tongue only, as theirs is who say they love him, but their hearts are not with him. It must be a strong love, we must love him in the most intense degree; as we must praise him, so we must love him, with all that is within us. It must be a singular and superlative love, we must love him more than anything else.

So begins another faith sanctification journey. I know I need to love God more. More intensely. More sincerely. More than anything or anyone else. With all that is within me.

God commands that I do.

How about you?

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About Steven Sawyer

God blessed me with the gift of writing. Mom told me I wrote paragraphs in second grade when others were learning to write sentences. I spent more than three decades in professional writing gigs. For the past eight years I've combined my passion for writing with my love for the Lord. He and I write a Christ-centered, family-friendly blog to glorify God Monday-thru Friday at My wife and I have four grown children and two precious granddaughters we co-parent with their mom. I'm a Galatians 2:20 disciple of Christ seeking to allow Christ to live His life in me, through me, and as me.

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