How to Love God [Matthew 22:37-39 Devotional]

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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

This passage comes as a response to the question about which commandment is the most important. Jesus doesn’t make up a new commandment, but replies with one that everyone listening to him would know. The first part of the passage is known as the Shema, which is an ancient Jewish prayer. To sum it up, it’s basically saying to love God with everything within you – with all your energy.

How to Love God:

Loving God starts from the inside, so identify if your heart is aligned to the heart of God. How can you tell? Do you do what he does? Feed the hungry, give water to the thirsty, clothe the naked, visit the prisoner, and take care of the widow and orphan. There’s grace here, too. I’m glad for that because I don’t do most of what’s on that list (that Jesus provided) on a regular basis, and there’s no guilt. These are great places to start if you want to apply your love for God. These won’t earn you love from him, he already gave it all for you.


Thank you for a clear and simple faith. There aren’t mysteries held back and reserved for “elite believers,” but your wisdom and love are available to all. Help me to respond to your love by taking care of the people you love. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

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