Dave spoke this morning from Deuteronomy 6:4-9, one of the first explicit commandments to love God with all our heart, soul and strength. As we approach Valentine’s Day with its relentless emphasis on love (especially romantic love), it is worth remembering that God’s love for us and our love for Him are at the heart of a right understanding of love.
These verses from the Old Testament remind us that loving God is not simply something taught by Jesus. God is one, but there is a sense of relationship even within the Godhead which reminds us that love always involves others. A love of God sets all other loves in place; our love for God is the ultimate aim of humanity.
God demonstrates His love for us in giving us His Son; the natural response to such extravagant love is love in return. Often, we are distracted by lesser loves, but if we allow God’s word to dwell within us, then we will keep a right perspective on love and will be enabled to love as God loves.