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Part of the FBCS 2010 Read Through the Bible Project: Enter the Story. Join the Song.

Loving God

Matthew 27:1-31   Deuteronomy 5-6   Job 6

Matthew’s account of Jesus before Pilate, with the subsequent flogging and scenes of mockery, remind us of the depth and breadth of God’s love for us. We serve a loving God who loves us sacrificially and wholly. Grace upon grace!

Loving God wholly is, according to Deuteronomy 6, the first and foremost response to a loving God. “Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might” (v.4,5). And how do we love God? By following, keeping, reciting, telling, and binding these words . . . That is to say, loving God involves everything we are and all that we do.

This is the story we are invited to enter: The story of learning to live in loving relationship with our loving God. And, further, we are called to relate the story of God’s love to our children and our children’s children . . . for loving God includes sharing the story with others, beginning in our own homes. Enter the story. Share the story. Share it in word and deed; by means of exhortation and example; as a natural part of daily life. And, as Job’s friends demonstrate, there are helpful ways, and not-so-helpful ways, to do this . . .  How, then, are you loving God wholly in your daily life? How am I? And how might we more fully and intentionally incorporate the story into the fabric of our lives?

Loving God, guide us as we continue learning to love you wholly. Amen.

“Take care that you do not forget the Lord
who brought you out . . .”

— Deuteronomy 6:12

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