Love: Worship & Ministry

Matt 22:37-40

37 Jesus said to him, "'You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets." NKJV

  1. You shall love the LORD your God
    1. With all your heart
      1. This speaks of the affections
      2. Of all our loves God is to have first place
      3. Before wife or husband, son or daughter
    2. With all your soul,
      1. This is the spiritual part
    3. With all your mind.'
      1. With all our intellect
      2. This is a command that we are to be set on to be obeyed.
      3. We will be held responsible for how we execute this greatest command
    4. This is the first and great commandment.
      1. It is before all others and above all others.
  2. And the second is like it:
    1. You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'
    2. This goes along with what we call the golden rule
      1. Jesus said do unto others as you would have them do to you.
      2. Not quite like Confucius who said don't do to others what you would not want them to do to you.
    3. This whole thing is found three times in the New Testament
      1. Once here and once in Mark 12: and once in Luke
      2. The difference in Luke is that it is a lawyer who says the greatest commandment in answer to Jesus.
      3. After the answer the lawyer asks, who is my neighbor
      4. To this Jesus give the story of the good Samaritan.
  3. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets
    1. This is the sum of all our responsibilities.
    2. If you do these two things, you will never have a conflict with the law of God.
  4. Shall we ever succeed?
    1. We cannot keep the greatest command yet we are compelled to try.
    2. We know it is by grace that we enter heaven an not our good deeds. 
      1.  This message was preached at FBC Toulon,

        by Albert Harmon. See it at http://toulonbaptist.com  

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