All His Attention

Picture 4We were made to be connected primarily to our Creator and also to each other. By surrendering to God, who is love, we repent or turn around from our existing flawed condition and His love truly changes us, from the inside out. God has that sort of character that wants to know you…that’s just the way He is. The amazing thing is he can give his undivided attention to all His children…at the same time! Join Ant and Dave as they delve into this wonderful topic. [listen here]

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1 Response to All His Attention

  1. Hi,
    You are referring indirectly to the “First and Greatest Commandment and the Second” given by Jesus. And God is love, yes, but we love God differently than we love people. That is why it’s two different commandments, with God on top.

    Here is a contrast between the teachings of Jesus vs. Paul regarding which is the Most Important Commandment. They don’t “harmonize” or agree.

    Which is the greatest commandment in the Law?
    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.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these TWO commandments.” [Matthew 22:36-40, Deuteronomy 6:5, Leviticus 19:18]

    Of all the commandments, which is the most important?
    “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “ is this: ‘Hear, of Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than THESE.” [Mark 12:28-31, Deuteronomy 6:4-5, Leviticus 19:18]

    But, in contrast, Paul didn’t know the greatest, most important, first commandment according to Jesus. Paul made up his own rule. Paul wrote:
    “The entire law is summed up in a SINGLE command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” [Galatians 5:14, Leviticus 19:18]

    And again, Paul wrote:
    “He how loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “Do not commit adultery, Do not murder, Do not steal, Do not covet, and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this ONE RULE: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.” [Romans 13:8-10, Leviticus 19:18]

    Jesus said it’s TWO commandments, with the greatest, most important, first command to
    .1) first, love God with everything you’ve got, and
    .2) second, love people.

    Paul said no, it ONE commandment- to love people.
    Paul, and the Beatles, were wrong.
    Jesus is right. I’m following Jesus.

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