"Great commandment" living

When a lawyer asked Christ Jesus what the greatest commandment of the law was, the Master replied, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment." Matt. 22:37, 38.

How often do we consciously consider our love for God? If Jesus placed such importance on this command, shouldn't we take some time to look at our response? To admit even a fleeting sense of thanks to God is a step in the right direction, but the commandment ultimately demands wholehearted love.

Whatever marks we may be inclined to give our past performances, it is possible to start living and fulfilling the "great commandment" once we gain the barest apprehension of God. In a portion of Science and Health discussing God's immateriality and incorporeality, Mrs. Eddy affirms, "We shall obey and adore in proportion as we apprehend the divine nature and love Him understandingly, warring no more over the corporeality, but rejoicing in the affluence of our God." Science and Health, p. 140.

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