the best way to love

the best way to love

When God explained to his people the best way to live, his explanation also served as a guideline for the best way to love him as well.

To follow his commandments, to live by this best way, to be responsive to His direction, whole-heartedly, was to love and honor him as God.

John 14:15 If you love Me, you will keep My commands.

In Deuteronomy 6, God gives many reasons for establishing these guidelines. They are for his glory and our well-being. An act of mutual love.

Deuteronomy 6:1 This is the command—the statutes and ordinances—the Lord your God has instructed me to teach you, so that you may follow them in the land you are about to enter and possess. 2 Do this so that you may fear the Lord your God all the days of your life by keeping all His statutes and commands I am giving you, your son, and your grandson, and so that you may have a long life. 3 Listen, Israel, and be careful to follow them, so that you may prosper and multiply greatly, because Yahweh, the God of your fathers, has promised you a land flowing with milk and honey. 4 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is One. 5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. 6 These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. 7 Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. 9 Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Continue reading the passage from Deuteronomy 6:10-26

Think & Reflect On: Obedience. Remembrance.

1. What does God have to say about how we should live?

2. How does that compare with the ways in which we are presently living?

3. Begin making ongoing, day-by-day, choices to entrust yourself to Him as Leader and Provider to submit to his will and to depend upon him for the ability to follow His will.

Meditate, Reflect & Saturate your life with the truths from John 15:4 Remain in Me, and I in you. Just as a branch is unable to produce fruit by itself unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in Me. 5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me and I in him produces much fruit, because you can do nothing without Me.

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