Sermon Notes: God’s Greatest Commandment
The following are Pastor Crutchfield’s sermon notes from this morning’s service at Compassion Church of Katy.
Many people are familiar with the 10 commandments. But are they all equal ? Is there one that stands above the others in importance, or priority ? Christ himself was asked these questions by those he was teaching. We find his answer in,
“One of them, a legal expert, tested him. “Teacher what is the greatest commandment in the law ?” He replied “ You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it. You must love your neighbor as you love yourself All the law and the prophets depend on these two commands.”
God has done more for each of us than any of us will ever know. Our love for him is how we thank him for all that he has done for us even though we don’t even know all that he has done. It is our love for God that defines our faith. The second part of this verse is linked to the first because we cannot love God and not love each other. Man is God’s greatest creation, there is nothing not even his own son that God loves more. This is why he sent Jesus Christ his only son to die for us on Calvary. We see this in the often quoted words of ,
“ God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him won’t perish but will have eternal life.”
When this verse talks about the world it isn’t speaking of our planet or the ground we stand on. It is speaking of the people who inhabit it waiting on the world to come. In other words man, or each of us. So it is clear that God loves us more than nay of us could ever imagine or comprehend. It is only right that we should return his love to the best of our ability. We cannot say that we love God, and not love that which is most important to him. Therefore it is impossible to say we love God, and not love each other.
But the commandment that we love goes even further. We have all experienced those who have done us wrong in one way or another. We have even experienced events like Pearl Harbor, or more recently 9/11 where groups of people have done things that anger us as a nation. We call such people enemies. Let’s look at what scripture says about our enemies in,
“You have heard that it was said, You must love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who harass you so that you will be acting as children of your father who is in heaven. He makes the sun rise on both the evil and the good and sends rain on both the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love only those who love you what reward do you have ? Don’t even the tax collectors do the same ? And if you only greet your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing ? Don’t even the Gentiles do the same ? Therefore, just as your heavenly father is complete is showing love to everyone, so also you must be complete.”
So scripture is clear, if we are truly to follow in God’s pattern and return his love for us we must even love those who wish us to do us harm. This is one of those concepts where God asks us to do something which is almost impossibly hard, and he knows it. This is what makes this commandment so important. It is because this commandment is so difficult to follow, that our complying with it proves our love to God.
At its simplest most basic level God’s Greatest Commandment is that we should love. Our love should not know ANY boundaries , not even our own hate for those who have wronged us should reign it in
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Posted on November 25, 2012, in Bible Study and tagged Compassion Church of Katy, God's Greatest Commandment, Greatest Commandment, Mathew 22:35-40, Pastor Crutchfield, Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield, Ten Commandments. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.