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One Another Devotion - Day 5

One Another Devotion

Chalane Coit

Mark 12:30-31 (TPT)

"You are to love the Lord Yahweh, your God, with every passion of your heart, with

all the energy of your being, with every thought that is within you, and with all your strength. This is the great and supreme commandment. And the second is this: ‘You

must love your neighbor in the same way you love yourself.’ You will never find a greater commandment than these.”

The religious people were questioning Jesus and the big question finally was asked, “What is most important commandment?”

In their minds they are probably running through the 10 commandments and all the 4000 laws that are written in the Torah, the book of the law. Would Jesus say the most important was keeping the Sabbath? Was it to honor your mother and father? It could certainly be “you shall not murder.” Imagine everyone in the town square that day trying to guess which was THE most important commandment. I think the simple answer was probably a bit surprising.

Jesus basically tells them, “Love God with all you have. And love others as yourself.”

This statement is the basis for our purpose statement at Vineyard Community Church - “Building relationship with God, each other and our community.” Jesus calls us to live out this mandate of loving God and loving others and to accomplish that we need to build relationship with each other.

Here is a simple truth - once you know someone’s story, it is difficult to not care about them. And a good place to learn people’s stories is to be in small group with them, building relationship with them. I hope you are in a group this week. I hope you are learning more about one another. I hope you are looking forward to being connected to other people through this series as we build relationship with each other.

Love God with all you have. Love your neighbor as you love yourself. You will never find a greater commandment than these.

• Why do you think Jesus summed up the commandments into this statement. “Love God with all you have. And love others as yourself”?

• Do you take time to learn someone’s story? When you have, has it changed your relationship with that person?

• How open are you to sharing your story? How does that affect your participation in a small group or with friends?

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