Daily Devotion Thursday, August 22

Thursday, August 22, 2013 – Psalm 36; 2 Samuel 19:1-23; Acts 24:1-23 and Mark 12:28-34

Mark 12:28-34 – 28One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, he asked him, “Which commandment is the first of all?” 29Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; 30you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ 31The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” 32Then the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher; you have truly said that ‘he is one, and besides him there is no other’; 33and ‘to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the strength,’ and ‘to love one’s neighbor as oneself,’ — this is much more important than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” 34When Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” After that no one dared to ask him any question.

Here is something that we can memorize and write upon our heart, mind and soul. I’ve personalized it to help me sit up and really listen to God’s word to me this day.

The Lord our God, the Lord is one; I shall love the Lord my God with all my heart, and with all my soul, and with all my mind, and with all my strength. And “I shall love my neighbor as myself.”

Jesus said to the Scribe; “you are not far from the kingdom of God.” My sense is Jesus said this to him because the scribe understood all this but hadn’t really put it into action. He had the head knowledge but had not yet really put it on his heart, put it into action.

Often I sense that I have head knowledge and what I find difficult is acting upon what I know. My sense is during these times I really don’t believe, I only voice my belief. When I put my faith into action is when I sense that what I believe really comes to life.

Today, seek to believe with all your heart, mind, soul and strength in God and what God has done for us through Jesus Christ and then put into action your love for God by truly loving your neighbor, loving others, as yourself.

O God, I give thanks that you sent your Son to give his life for me and call me to live and believe in You. I know I often voice my belief but fail to act upon it. Forgive such foolish sin and guide me to live more fully in your steadfast love and faithfulness. Amen.

Psalm 36 – Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens,
    your faithfulness to the clouds.
Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains,
    your judgments are like the great deep;
    you save humans and animals alike, O Lord.

How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
    All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings.

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