Question: What is the greatest of all God’s commandments?

 

Answer:  Jesus answered this very question in Matthew 22:37, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.”  It outweighs all other commandments and is a summary of all that God requires of us.

We should love God above everything and everyone else (Matthew 10:37 ).  It leads to obeying His other laws (John 14:15 ).  Without it, life is empty and religion is worthless.  But in loving God, we fulfill our reason for existence.  God wants us to love Him with our whole being – from the bottom of our heart to the top of our mind.

Unfortunately, we sinners are “lovers of self, lovers of money, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God” (2 Timothy 3:2,4).  We are guilty of breaking God’s greatest commandment.  But God loved us and sent Christ to save us.  We can be forgiven by faith in Him.  We then show our gratitude by loving Him (Luke 7:47 ). This is how we are able to truly love God.  Then we can spend all eternity loving God and being loved by Him.