Love Above All: Embracing the Greatest Commandments

Love Above All: Embracing the Greatest Commandments

Love Above All: Embracing the Greatest Commandments

Introduction: Good morning, beloved. Today, I want to share with you a message that lies at the very heart of our Christian faith – the call to love God above all else and to love our neighbor as ourselves. In a world filled with distractions and challenges, these commandments, as taught by Jesus, offer us a clear and profound guide for living a life that honors God and brings us closer to one another.

The First and Greatest Commandment: Loving God Above All (Matthew 22:37-38) Jesus, in answering the question about the greatest commandment in the Law, said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” This commandment isn’t just a call to a feeling of affection; it’s a call to a total commitment of our entire being to God. Loving God above all means prioritizing our relationship with Him above every other aspect of our lives. It’s about seeking Him first, valuing His presence, and aligning our desires, thoughts, and actions with His will.

  1. Heartfelt Devotion: Loving God with all our heart means our love for Him is sincere and passionate. It’s not a lukewarm, half-hearted commitment, but a deep, personal connection with our Creator.
  2. Soulful Connection: To love God with all our soul means to find our identity, purpose, and fulfillment in Him. Our soul’s deepest longing is satisfied only in God.
  3. Mindful Obedience: Loving God with all our mind involves dedicating our thoughts and decisions to Him. It means constantly seeking His wisdom and guidance in every area of our lives.

The Second Like It: Loving Your Neighbor as Yourself (Matthew 22:39) The second commandment, as Jesus puts it, is like the first: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” This isn’t a call to a shallow or passive form of love. It’s an active, selfless, and sacrificial love. It’s seeing the image of God in others and treating them with the dignity, respect, and care that we desire for ourselves.

  1. Empathy and Compassion: To love our neighbor as ourselves is to empathize with their struggles, joys, and pains. It’s about being compassionate and kind, even to those who are different from us.
  2. Service and Sacrifice: True love is demonstrated in action. It’s about serving others and being willing to sacrifice our comfort, time, and resources for their well-being.
  3. Forgiveness and Grace: Loving our neighbors means forgiving those who wrong us and extending grace, just as we have received forgiveness and grace from God.

Conclusion: Living Out the Commandments Loving God above all and loving our neighbor as ourselves are not just ideals; they are practical, daily actions. They guide how we interact with God and those around us. In a world where self-interest often prevails, these commandments call us to a higher standard – one of love, sacrifice, and selflessness.

As we go into this week, let’s strive to put these commandments into practice. Let’s deepen our love for God and let that love overflow into our actions towards others. Remember, in doing so, we are not just obeying commandments; we are living out the very essence of our faith.

Prayer: Let us pray for the strength and wisdom to love God wholeheartedly and to see and love Christ in our neighbors. May our lives be a reflection of this greatest commandment. Amen.


Osoria Asibor


  1. To love God,selflessly and our neighbor,and worship in truth and in spirit, and obey God commandment and put them into practice, and also may our life be a reflection of what we sturdy in the bible.we pray for wisdom and knowledge, understanding in every aspects of our life in Christ Jesus Amen.

  2. Thank God for loving us first by giving the only begotten son. Thank to Jesus for surrendering Himself

    May we also be able to love God and one another

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