What Jesus Did! 'Love the Lord' — Mark 12:29-30

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Jesus answered, "The most important command is this: 'People of Israel, listen! The Lord our God is the only Lord. You must love the Lord your God. You must love him with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.'"
— Mark 12:29-30 NLT
Illustration of Mark 12:29-30 NLT — "The most important command is this: 'People of Israel, listen!"

Key Thought

The essence of our response of faith is pretty straightforward. Love God. It can be said in a number of different ways. Love God above all things. Love God more than all things. Love God with all you are. Love God for as long as you have life. Essentially, however, the bottom line of the command is still the same: love God.

Today's Prayer

O Father, may my every word, my every action, my every thought, and my every emotion be brought under your influence and offered to your glory. While I know such surrender will always be a life-long battle, I do pray that you know that this is what I want to do. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Exodus 20:2-6
  • Romans 12:1-2
  • Psalm 31:23

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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