Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Day 7- Loving No Other Gods

"Thou shalt have no other gods before me."
Exodus 20:3

When Jesus was asked about the greatest commandment in the Bible, He responded with, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind...and love your neighbor as yourself" (Matt. 22:37, 39). He followed that up with this statement- "On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets" (Matt. 22:40).

In other words, a love for God and others is the foundation of the entire New Testament. We can view every Old Testament law through the lens of "love God, love others."

Before your prayer time today, read the first of the Ten Commandments through this lens and ask yourself the following questions:
  • If I have other gods before God, what does that say about my love for Him?
  • How will having other gods before Him affect my love for others?
  • Why is God to be loved supremely?
Day 7 prayer emphasis: Spend time searching your heart and life for gods (anyone or anything you love more than God). When they come to your attention, confess it and ask God for His help to love Him more.

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