DAILY FOUNTAIN DEVOTIONAL GUIDE AND PRIMATIAL INDEPENDENCE DAY MESSAGE
Sunday, 1 Oct (Trinity 16)
TEXT: Matthew 22:34-40
TOPIC: THE GREATEST COMMANDMENT
Jesus Christ by God’s wisdom silenced the question of the resurrection, and the Pharisees saw and wanted to exploit the opportunity to show supremacy over the Sadducees. The Pharisees put heads together and selected one of their best to tempt Jesus with a question. It was a question which had been a subject for serious debate for centuries. The Pharisees had over 613 commandments in the law, 248 positive and 365 negative. It was really difficult to memorise all the commandments, much less to keep them. Their century-old problem was summarised in two quotations from the Old Testament (Deut. 6,5 & Lev 19:18) love for God and love for man.
This is the type of love that God requires all men to exercise. Christians who are God’s children are to manifest this love in all their relationships with their neighbours. (1 John 4:20). This is where a good number have failed. We are waiting for the day we will see God to show Him how much we love Him; but we forget that God measures our love for Him in the way we relate in love to our neighbours. Matt. 25:42. How you love God is shown in how you love your neighbour.
PRAYER: Oh God, help me to love You wholeheartedly and my neighbour as myself. Amen.