Week of September 1
Ed Young Television Weekly Devotional

The Perfect Response

Jesus replied: 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.’  Matthew 22:37-39

Have you ever known one of those people who knew just the right thing to say on every occasion? No matter how puzzling the question, they have the right answer. The enemies of Jesus must have viewed him as a silver-tongued genius. Every time they got together to set a verbal trap for Jesus, he had just the right thing to say.

One time Jesus’ enemies tried to stump him by asking him to pick one commandment that was above all others. But Jesus had the perfect answer. He started with the priority of a relationship with God. Not just any relationship with God, but an all-encompassing relationship with God—a relationship that touches the deepest parts of who we are and what we desire.

God is also concerned with our relationships with other people. Jesus calls us to have a love for others that goes beyond our selfish nature. We should love others the way we want to be loved.

Our priorities are set by God and reaffirmed by Jesus. Make sure you’re following those priorities. And discover just what it means to live life the way God designed it!

Prayer

Dear Lord, Thank you for every relationship in my life right now. Help me to make all of my relationships a priority and love them the way that Christ has commanded. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen. 

Today’s Evotional was inspired by the Study Guide RetroThis is a 6-part study where we leverage what we’ve learned in the past to help us bridge the gap between our priorities and commitments today. (Includes a Leader’s Guide, Creative Notes and Youth Notes for each session).

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