Love Is A Big Deal With God

The greatest commandment is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind. Ever think about this?

Note that the greatest commandment is not “believe the Lord your God.” Faith is not at issue in this commandment, love is.

However, in order to follow a commandment of God faith is necessary. As Paul says in Galatians, “faith works by love.”

But note that phrasing as well–love does not work by faith. As Vincent’s Word Studies puts it–“faith is wrought by love.” In the context, faith is not in circumcision, an outward fleshly act, but by an internal circumcision of the heart–love.

And, as Paul says eight verses later–all the law is fulfilled in one word, love. Love fulfills the Law. Do we fulfill the law by faith? It depends: is your faith wrought by love or self-effort? “Though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not love, I am nothing.”

Without love, faith is not possible.

One thought on “Love Is A Big Deal With God”

  1. As David said we are conceived in sin, we come forth from the womb opposing the goodness of God. How can we have faith in God if we are dead spiritually? Unless by His sovereign grace He frees our heart we will not seek Him. His love towards us first who are lost, by grace, enables those whom He has chosen to see His goodness, and to repent. We love God because He loved us first, while we were yet still sinners, He join us together with Christ. Those whom God has set free are free indeed.

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