Jesus told us this was the most important commandment. We must also love Jesus in the same manner because He is our savior and died for us; all of us.
Every Christian loves God and Jesus to some degree; some with our heads and some with our hearts. But some people love them with every fiber of their being, down in their souls, which is what God wants from every one of His children. The good news is if you're not there yet, you can be. It's just a matter of going through the process of maturing in your relationship with Him.
If you've ever been deeply in love with another person, it's the same kind of process. You spend time with them, get to know all about them and let them get to know you. Over time the two of you become so close and develop such a deep relationship that you realize you've fallen madly in love with each other.
It's the same way in our relationship with God, except He already loves us. We need to spend time with Him (pray) and get to know Him (study your Bible). We'll come to a point where we love Him with all our heart, mind, soul and strength. We'll want to spend time with Him, listen to Him and do what He knows is best for us.
We also have to put God first, above everyone and everything else.
Our God is a jealous god; He wants to be first in our hearts and lives. He should be! After all, He gave His son Jesus as a sacrifice for each and every person so we don't have to suffer eternity in hell. Jesus willingly suffered and died for our sins so we don't have to. He gave everything for us. Don't they deserve to be number one in our lives?
Every day we face decisions, temptations and choices. They're part of life and sometimes it's not very easy. But if we look at them in light of putting God first and ask ourselves how God's eternal kingdom will be impacted, our decisions, temptations and choices become easier to deal with. When we ask God what He wants us to do, what would be best for Him and what would be best for His kingdom, we honor Him and He is pleased, and I truly believe He will bless us in our decisions and choices.
As Christians we should want our words and actions to please God, not the world. While it may hurt when people make fun of us because of our beliefs, we should be joyful because we've been faithful and have shown others that God and what He wants are first in our lives. We must always take into account who we're trying to please; other people, ourselves, or God.
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