The Greatest Love

One of my favorite quotes come from Experiencing God: “To be loved by God is the greatest relationship, the highest achievement, and the noblest position in life.”[1] Indeed. It says in 1 John 4:19 (my translation): “We love, because He first loved us.” God did first love us, the fact that He created us, and redeems us who have faith in Him. It also says in verses 8-10 (my translation):

The one not loving does not know God, because God is love. In this, the love of God has been made known among us, that God has sent His only-begotten Son into the world, in order that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we have loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as a propitiation of our sins.

The fact that Jesus Christ, God the Son, came to earth to be one of us and to die for us, proves His great love for us. Indeed, God did not only first love us, but loves us with the agape kind of love, which is the highest form of love.

So, what do we do in return? We give the Lord God all our worship. One way to worship Him is to love Him back with our all. Jesus reminds His listeners (which also should include us) that the greatest commandment is to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30; Matt. 22:37-38; Deu. 6:5). In fact, in Mark 12:29-30, Mark includes the shema: “Listen, Israel! The Lord our God, the Lord is One.” The bible scholar, James Brooks says that this is crucial because “the obligation to love God is based on his oneness. Because he is one, love for him must be undivided.”[2] Loving the Lord God with all our hearts, souls, minds, and strengths means we love Him with our whole being.

Since the Lord God first loved us and since He loved us with an agape kind of love, let us worship Him by loving Him with our whole being!


[1] Henry & Richard Blackaby and Claude King, Experiencing God (Nashville: B&H, 2008), 85.

[2] James A. Brooks, Mark, Vol. 23 (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1991), 97.

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