“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:36-40 (NIV)
I Love You
I know that you love me. Of that, I am certain. Why is that? You sent your one and only Son into the world to die for me. You made it possible for my sins to be forgiven and my unrighteousness cleansed. You rescued me from a life without you. You pulled me off the path that led away from you. You broke down the barrier that separated me from you. You made it possible for me to live and walk in an intimate relationship with you. You restored my soul. You have revived and refreshed my life. You have given me a hunger and thirst for you and the life that you have for me. You put your Holy Spirit within me as a deposit guaranteeing that I have a future in heaven with you. You have given me your word so that I can know your will and walk in your ways. You have filled my life with hope and meaning and purpose. You have given me gifts and talents and abilities with which I can bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Throughout all the twists and turns and ups and downs of life you have been with me to comfort and encourage me. You have kept me moving forward with you. You are molding and shaping my life so I will become the person you have called me to be. You draw near to me as I draw near to you. You hear and answer my prayers. For all of these things and for much more I give you all my thanks and praise. That is every good.
Is there something else that you want to give to me? I want to give you myself. I am all yours. I am at your disposal. I am fully devoted to you. I now love you, because you first loved me. It is my joy to say that I love you with all my heart and mind and soul. I will go where you guide me, to do what you ask of me. Not because, I should or must, but because I love you. I want to do what is pleasing to you. I want to live my life with and for you. It is the desire of my heart to know and love you. It is the goal of my life to follow and serve you. Use me for your purposes. Help me to fulfill your plans. Yes, I will.
Heavenly Father, I love you because you first loved me. You loved me when I was unlovable. Now, I do love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. Help me to better and more fully express my love to you as I follow and serve you every day. Amen
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