090414, How do you love God?

          Deuteronomy 6: 4-9.  This is the passage that the Jews call the “Shemah”, and it deserves to be quoted, even if it’s just in my paraphrase.  It begins with, “Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, The Lord is the Only One.”   Just to let you know, the ‘Shemah’ is the source of the “first and great commandment” that Jesus spoke when he said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and all your mind and all your strength.”  The rest of it goes like this, “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. [memorize them, know them by heart] You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.  You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

          It actually says all these things in this passage.  Go read it.  These are some of the ways we show our love for God.

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What do you think . . .What do you do? 

1] What does it mean:  Love the Lord your God with ALL your heart, and all your soul, and  all your strength, and all your mind?

2] Do you talk to the members of your immediate family (those closest to you) about God?

3] Do you keep God’s Words in your heart?  (Memorize them)  If not, why not?  Does it seem like it isn’t very important?  When are you going to start?

4] Do you wear things (symbols) on your body or clothes to show others (and to show you) that you claim Jesus?

5] Do you put signs on your house or car or gate to show others you belong to Jesus?

6] Do you talk to people you meet about God when the opportunity presents itself?

7] Do you think maybe it makes God feel good when we do these things?

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