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turtle30cshell Daily Devotions
Learn To Love

Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris

Mark 12:28-34 KJV
(28) And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all?
(29) And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:
(30) And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
(31) And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
(32) And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he:
(33) And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.
(34) And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that durst ask him any question.

Imagine for a minute you are sitting with Jesus and the teachers of the law. What is one thing you think these two teachers would want you to know? These teachers are not in opposition at this one point. It is almost like a discourse of what really important. Did the Pharisees see Jesus in opposition to their way of teaching or just a modern version of the teachings and ways of God. The fact Jesus debated with them only speaks that Jesus discussed the finer points of Godís word with the leaders of Temple of Israel. Jesus taught in the temple. He walk in, pick up the scroll and read it. He was educated man by the Jewish instruction. Every family handed down not just by oral tradition but also the book learning. To understand Jesus would have been raised just like any boy learning Hebrew of the ancients and to read the scrolls of the prophet and God. This discourse with Jesus would have been like any discourse in school when it came to learning, sitting around asking question and answering them, even questions they knew the answer too. These discourse were for not only the benefit to see what Jesus would say or even the religious leaders, but for those listening on the city streets to their teachings in the public square.

One thing is clear did Jesus teach the ways of God? Was Jesus goaled to change tradition of faith? No Jesus came to fulfill the law of God. To fulfill the law of God is to finish the prophecy in Godís word. To fulfill the promise of the coming Messiah. The coming of perfection. The coming of perfection will come once more with the return of Christ, but meantime Jesus is the perfection of Godís love for mankind. God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever belief would not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16. Jesus taught of Godís love for man and that we should love God first and more most. The first and greatest command was to love God. God commanded us to love Him. Jesus taught to love God was to keep his commandments. His second commandment was to love others as oneself. The law of loving God is universal between Old and New Testament. Nothing changed with the original law to love God.

Dear Heavenly Father teach us to love you as you loved us, Living that life to serve you and to love both you and others. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:

1 John 5:1-3 KJV
(1) Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.
(2) By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
(3) For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

1 Corinthians 13:8-13 KJV
(8) Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
(9) For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
(10) But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
(11) When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
(12) For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
(13) And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

Charity is another word for love

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