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Daily Bread

A lover of God

The Philippine Star

You shall love theLORDyour God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. — Matthew 22:37

In a brief biography of St. Francis of Assisi, G. K. Chesterton begins with a glimpse into the heart of this unique and compassionate man born in the 12th century. Chesterton writes: “As St. Francis did not love humanity but men, so he did not love Christianity but Christ. . . . The reader cannot even begin to see the sense of a story that may well seem to him a very wild one, until he understands that to this great mystic his religion was not a thing like a theory but a thing like a love-affair.”

When Jesus was asked to name the greatest command in the Law, He replied, “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment” (Matt. 22:37-38). The questioner wanted to test Jesus, but the Lord answered him with the key element in pleasing God. First and foremost, our relationship with Him is a matter of the heart.

If we see God as a taskmaster and consider obedience to Him as a burden, then we have joined those of whom the Lord said, “I have this against you, that you have left your first love” (Rev. 2:4).

The way of joy is to love the Lord with all our heart, soul, and mind.

                          — David  McCasland

 

Oh, help me, Lord, to take by grace divine

Yet more and more of that great love

      of Thine;

That day by day my heart may give

      to Thee

A deeper love, and grow more constantly. — Mountain                                                 

 

READ: Matthew 22:34-40

 

Put Christ first and you’ll

find a joy that lasts.

 

The Bible in one year:

Genesis 10-12; Matthew 4

 

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PUT CHRIST

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