Study of Matthew 22:34–40 ~ My answers to BSF study questions
6. a. Jesus said the most important commandment is ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
b. The things the world thinks are most important:
- Spouse who will fulfill his or her needs
- Nice house
- Good looks
Bottom line—self-centered rather than God-centered and others-centered
c. Loving your neighbor as you love yourself is treating others with respect and honor.
- slow to anger.
- quick to forgive.
- aware of other’s needs, desires, and concerns.
- jump to conclusions.
- take advantage of others.
- ignore their needs.
- gossip or slander others.
- covet or steal things from others.
- covet or go after someone’s spouse.
d. If we love God, we will desire to have His heart and be like Him.
Jesus gives us two commandments that summarize all the laws and commands in Scripture. The Ten Commandments in Exodus 20 deal with our relationship with God and then our relationship with other people. One naturally flows out of the other. Without a right relationship with God, our relationships with others will not be right, either. The cause of the world’s problems is that man needs to be reconciled to God. We will never love our neighbor as ourselves if we do not first love God with all our heart, mind, and soul. All of man’s best efforts toward world peace will fail as long as men are living in rebellion against God. GotQuestions.org
7. a. Deuteronomy 6:1–12
- Love God with all your heart.
- Love God with all your soul.
- Love God with all your mind.
- Love God with all your strength.
b. Practical things I can do to keep the greatest commandment:
- Repent immediately when I realize I’ve said or done something that grieved Him.
- Repent and return to my first love when the Holy Spirit convicts me of cooling off.
- Spend more private time in worship and prayer.
- Pray without ceasing to stay in constant communion with Him.
- God chose us out of all the people on the face of the earth.
- God is devoted to us.
- He is faithful.
- He rescues and redeems us.
- He keeps His promises.
- For those of us who love Him, His loving-kindness continues with our children and many generations that follow.
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