Loving God With All Your Heart

In the modern church today, there is a common teaching that has an emphasis on knowledge, but frowns on people being emotional.

Matthew chapter 22:35-40

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'"

Jesus said it this way:

Matthew 22:35-40 - NKJV
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Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying,
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"Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?"
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Jesus said to him, " 'You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.'
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"This is the first and great commandment.
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"And the second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'
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"On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets."

  1. Why did the lawyer ask Jesus about the greatest commandment? 
    Matthew 22:35-36 - NKJV
    35
    Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying,
    36
    "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?"
  2. How did Jesus say that we are commanded to Love God?
    Matthew 22:37 - NKJV
    Jesus said to him, " 'You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.'
  3. In Jesus' response, which came first, "the mind", or "the heart"?
    Matthew 22:37 - NKJV
    Jesus said to him, " 'You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.'
  4. What did Jesus say is the "First and Greatest Commandment"?
    Matthew 22:38 - NKJV
    "This is the first and great commandment.
  5. What things hang on the First Commandment?
    Matthew 22:38 - NKJV
    "This is the first and great commandment.
  6. How important to you believe it is, to "Love God in an emotional way"?

Matthew chapter 15:8-9

"This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me!"

Matthew 5:8-9 - NKJV
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Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.
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Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.

  1. What did Jesus say about their lips, and their hearts? 
    Matthew 15:8 - NKJV
    'These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me.
  2. What did Jesus say can cause our worship to be vain or empty? 
    Matthew 15:9 - NKJV
    And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.'"


Questions for Discussion

  1. How emotional do people get at sporting events?
  2. How can the statement “faith is not a feeling” be a cause for spiritual dysfunction?
  3. Is it healthy for the Christian to feel spiritual emotions? Why or why not?
  4. How has this discussion challenged you?