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 NIV

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Love Your God

In his online article listing ten things to love about Canada, travel blogger Matt lists this as his #1: “Maple syrup is one of nature’s most glorious and delicious phenomenon. Every spring, Canadians take part in a tradition called ‘tapping,’ when maple trees are selected and fitted with small tubes (taps) inserted into their trunks. As the trees thaw from the cold Canadian winter, the tree sap rises and escapes through the tap, collecting in buckets hung on the trees. From there, they cook the sap, reducing it down to the sweet, nutty maple syrup we all know and love.”

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There are many levels of love. We say that we love a good meal or a good movie or a good holiday. I personally love spending a warm summer evening watching a baseball game, or a cool fall afternoon watching a football game. We love our children, and we love our spouse. These are all kinds of love, but they are certainly not put on the same level. I can’t compare my love for prime rib with my love for Wendy. Because there are levels of love there must be the ultimate level of love, and the Bible tells us what it is. In Matthew 22:37-39 Jesus tells us “‘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.’” The first and greatest commandment is the highest level of love – love for God. When we love God through faith in Jesus Christ, expressed through obedience – everything else in our lives will fall into place.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley