March 12, 2010

A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Day 21



Monte Holland

This is the twenty-first in a series of daily Lenten devotionals called “Scriptural Lessons Leading to a Godly and Moral Life.” To start the study, click on: A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Introduction or 

 To view yesterday’s A DAILY ON-LINE LENTEN STUDY GUIDE click on: A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Day 20

Today’s photographs feature Pioneer Presbyterian Church in Ligonier, PA. To view click on:


Yesterday we began looking at the Great Commandment:

28One of the teachers of the Law of Moses came up while Jesus and the Sadducees were arguing. When he heard Jesus give a good answer, he asked him, “What is the most important commandment?”

    29Jesus answered, “The most important one says: `People of Israel, you have only one Lord and God. 30You must love him with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.’ 31The second most important commandment says: `Love others as much as you love yourself.’ No other commandment is more important than these.” Mark 12:28-29

     As we saw in yesterday’s devotional, Jesus stated two basic teachings—to love God and to love your neighbor as self. Today we examine loving God.

The First Part of the Great Commandment: `People of Israel, you have only one Lord and God. You must love him with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.’  Mark 12:29-30

We previously looked at one passage:] 5So love the LORD your God with all your heart, soul, and strength. 6Memorize his laws 7and tell them to your children over and over again. Talk about them all the time, whether you’re at home or walking along the road or going to bed at night, or getting up in the morning. 8Write down copies and tie them to your wrists and foreheads to help you obey them. 9Write these laws on the door frames of your homes and on your town gates. Deuteronomy 6:5-9:

          Verse 5 has the very words that we find in the Great Commandment. This passage goes on to tell us how to love the Lord our God—memorize God’s laws, tell the laws to our children, make positive use of our tongue by reciting God’s laws to all who will hear, and write down visible evidence that we know and love the Lord God and God’s laws.


Exercise 1: How do YOU love God with heart, soul, mind, and strength?

Notice that the passage from Deuteronomy 6 instructs us to be active in our love of the Lord God. The three action words are:

(emoizerm) _______________________

(klta) ____________________

(ietrw) ____________________

Exercise 2: How can you show your love of God as you talk to others? (You often have to defend your actions to your classmates. Are you able to say that you don’t do certain things because God tells you not to? Does your refusing to use abusive language reflect your love for God?)

Exercise 3: What can you write down that shows your love of God? (Does your writing show thankfulness and humility?) Try writing a thank you note to God for what has happened today in your life.

Continue on to the next lesson on A DAILY ON-LINE LENTEN STUDY GUIDE: 22 by clicking on: A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Day 22


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