May 09, 2012

The Only Source of True Love

Matthew 22:37-38
"Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment."

Yesterday's post dealt with loving the Lord with all you've got, which is a paraphrase of the Greatest Commandment that Jesus taught (vv. 37-38). As a follow up, I'd like to add these final thoughts. The first and great commandment is so, because of its -

1. Antiquity, being as old as the world, and engraven originally on our very nature; indeed from before the inception of time (Rev. 1:8; 4:8;11:17; 22:13).

2. Dignity, as directly and immediately referring to God and God alone (Deut. 6:4-5).

3. Excellence, being the commandment of the new covenant (Matt. 26:28), and the very spirit of the Divine adoption (Eph. 1:5; Rom. 8:15).

4. Justice, because it alone renders to God His due, prefers Him before all things, and secures to Him His proper rank in relation to them (Matt. 6:33; Prov. 3:9).

5. Sufficiency, being in itself capable of making men holy in this life, and happy in the other (Rom. 8:28-29; II Cor. 5:17).

6. Fruitfulness, because it is the root of all commandments, and the fulfilling of the law (Jn. 15:1-10).

7. Virtue and efficacy, because by this alone God reigns in the heart of man, and man is united to God (II Cor. 3:3).

8. Extent, leaving nothing to the creature, which it does not refer to the Creator (Eph. 2:8-9; Titus 3:5).

9. Necessity, being absolutely indispensable (Col. 1:13-17).

10. Duration, being ever to be continued on earth, and never to be discontinued in heaven (Rev. 21:1-6).

The love this world needs and the love you need is found in Christ and Christ alone. Don't walk away from the only source of true love - Jesus Christ. He's calling you, Reader. Answer today!

Jesus, I Want to Know What True Love Is!

The 10 observations of the Great Command courtesy Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

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