First Things First

By Brian Kelly

Mark 12:28-31

Deuteronomy 6:4-5

NET note: The kidneys and heart were viewed as the seat of one’s volition, conscience, and moral character.

REV notes: Rev 2:23, Pro 15:21 [revisedenglishversion.com]

Deuteronomy 10:12

Deuteronomy 11:13, 22

New Bible Dictionary-Love Towards God: love for God with the whole personality is God’s demand; though this is not to be understood as meaning a punctilious observance of an impersonal divine law but rather as summoning to a relationship of personal devotion created and sustained by the work of God in the human heart.

Psalm 27:4

1 Timothy 1:5

1 John 2:15; 3:1, 11, 17-18

"True love places constraints on the lover, for love is essentially self-giving. And this brings us to a startling Christian paradox. True freedom is freedom to be my true self, as God made me and meant me to be. And God made me for loving. But loving is giving, self-giving. Therefore, in order to be myself, I have to deny myself and give myself. In order to be free, I have to serve. In order to live, I have to die to my own self-centeredness. In order to find myself, I have to lose myself in loving. True freedom is, then, the exact opposite of what many people think. It is not freedom from all responsibility to God and others, in order to live for myself. That is bondage to my own self-centeredness. Instead, true freedom is freedom from my silly little self, in order to live responsibly in love for God and others." - The Contemporary Christian, John Stott

1 John 4:10, 19-21

1 John 5:1-3

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