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Time with God - January 3

Friday, 3 January 2020

Matthew 22:37-38

"And he said to him, " You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and the first commandment."

New Years' Resolution #2: I will focus on my relationship with God!

The most important command in Scripture? "Love God!" It seems a bit ironic that something so relational as love would be placed in something so performance-oriented as a command. But Jesus wants to communicate the huge priority of love in his economy.

The way God sees things, commands aren't about performance, but about love. When you love someone, you want to know what will make them happy, what their tastes are, how to please them, so that you can do special little things for them to express your love.

When you see your Christian life as revolving around a true love for God, then you want to study the Bible to understand him, to know him, to see how to make him happy and do special things for him to show him your love.

That approach to your life would transform it from a guilt trip about your performance to an adventure with someone you love. As you head into the New Year, God wants you to focus on your loving relationship with him.

Take time now to talk with him about that.

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