Loving God

Matthew 22:37-38
[37] And he said to him, “‘You shall love Yahweh your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’
[38] This is the greatest and first commandment

God, whose name is Yahweh, created people to love and to be loved by them. God IS love, HE is all about love, HE is motivated completely by HIS love for HIS creation.
The love between Yahweh and HIS creation has two sides – HIS love for us gives care and nurture, while our love for HIM gives HIM the respect and obedience HE deserves.

However, if we do not respect God, then we are not likely to obey HIM either, and this is why so many people say, “Christianity doesn’t work.” In this place, one is not in authentic relationship with the Most High God, Yahweh. The first instruction of Scripture is to love God:

Mark 12:28-30
[28] One of the scribes came up and heard them arguing, and recognizing that He had answered them well, asked Him, “What commandment is the foremost of all?”
[29] Jesus answered, “The foremost is, ‘HEAR, ISRAEL! YAHWEH IS OUR GOD, YAHWEH IS ONE;
[30] AND YOU SHALL LOVE YAHWEH YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH.’

Therefore, even if we are ‘doing what the Bible says’ in other ways, we are not in obedience to the first and greatest instruction. If we are not truly loving Yahweh in respect and obedience, we are not in relationship with HIM, and we cannot expect from HIM what a loving Father gives only to HIS children.

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