Mark 12–The Fruit of the Spirit Love, God’s Greatest Command

Throughout Jesus’ ministry, He modeled and taught us how to live the life that God intended for us.  His primary goal was to show men the real nature of God and how God’s design and plan for men would bring life.  As Jesus’ ministry grew, the religious leadership tried time and again to prove the Lord was evil or at least deluded.  They plotted and planned on ways to trip Jesus up.  In this passage, a teacher of the law was ready for a debate. 

He asked Jesus to tell Him what the greatest command from God was.  Jesus was blunt, quick, and clear.  Love God and Love others.  It left the teacher with no argument and ultimately ceased the religious teacher’s attempts to trick Jesus.  The command is the most freeing command in the Bible.

If we will love God selflessly, live a life devoted to Him we will not be tempted to follow other gods.  We will be content in what we have and where God has placed us.  We will not seek ways to be independent of the Lord or to “Help God Out!”  We will focus on how we may serve God and not on how God can serve us.

Additionally, if we love others the way we love and care for ourselves, we will not become selfish, bitter, or lonely.  Our attention will be on selfless pursuits, which in turn will free God to meet our needs and lead us by His spirit.  Love is a tremendous fruit of the spirit.  It supersedes all others and is the heart of God’s greatest commands.  Help me Lord to live a life of Love for You.

God Bless You


28 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” 29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.[5] 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’[6] 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[7]There is no commandment greater than these.” 32 “Well said, teacher,” the man replied. “You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him. 33 To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.” 34 When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And from then on no one dared ask him any more questions.

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Author: Michael Smith

This is an amazing Journey. I hope you will hear from the Lord, as you seek Him with your heart. Matthew 6:33

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