What Is True Love
Imagine the latest TED talk, only without the lights and platform. The tension of the moment with all eyes on the speaker. Everyone sitting on the edge of their seats with all eyes and ears heightened. In this scenario,they were staring at this teacher named Jesus. And a question was posed to him:
Which commandment is the most important of all?
I wonder at the tone of the questioner’s voice. Was this an honest question, posed with a sincere heart, trying to understand this new Jesus way of religion? Or was it a cynical, “I think I have him on this one” sort of questioning? After all the years of the law with its traditions and regulations, surely this man Jesus was crazy to think there could be a new and better way of practicing religion. And all the crowd paused to wait for the answer from the lips of the God-man.
Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
Do you think anyone gasped at the simplicity of this answer? Wasn’t it too easy? After all, the law consisted of books and books of rules. Thou shalt, thou shalt not. Thou shalt, thou shalt not. Yet what some of the listeners would realize that day is that it’s easier to keep a checklist of do’s and don’t’s, even if you miss a few here and there, than it is to love “all in.” I wish I could hear their discussions that night at the dinner table.
God desires a personal relationship with me– not a religious experience from me. – One More Step
When was the last time you thought about how much God loves you? And when was the last time you told him how much you love him?
February Bible Reading Challenge
I’m excited about this month’s Bible reading challenge for many reasons, but I’ll name two to get us going. First, it took me far too long in my faith journey to begin to grasp how much God loves me. And I really want others to let the truth of God’s love to sink into their souls much earlier than I did! So I’m excited for you to delve into God’s Word and allow his promises of love to cover you. Secondly, I have a feeling we are going to be challenged to do a lot more than read. This month’s reading is going to provoke us to act in love; I just know it! How awesome is that?
How to Participate
If you’ve never joined a Bible reading challenge here before, each day we follow the plan and read the passage. You can share what you are learning on social media or just keep it between you and God. My goal through the reading is to draw closer to Jesus, and I want that for you too!
For this month, we will use the hashtag #truelove. Almost every day, I post on Instagram or Facebook about what I’m learning through the passages and sometimes I post the Bible journaling pages I work on throughout the study.
On Fridays, I post a summary of what I learned through the week here on the blog and invite you to share what God is teaching you in the comments.
Additional/Optional Bible Reading Challenge Features for February
As you may know, I’ve been working on learning to Bible journal a little art and since you’ve been asking, I’ve got a FANTASTIC tool to help us both consistently read God’s Word, study it, meditate on it, and enjoy it. Use this Bible Journaling Guide to process the Bible reading through your choice of journal writing, art, or both.
And now for the Bible reading plan, True Love.
1. Mark 12:28-34
2. Romans 5:1-8
3. Romans 8:31-39
4. Matthew 22:34-40
5. Psalm 42:8-11
6. 1 John 4:7-13
7. 1 John 4:14-20
8. Zephaniah 3:17-20
9. John 13:34&35
10. Psalm 136:1-13
11. Psalm 136:14-26
12. Deut. 10:12-15
13. Psalm 5:7-12
14. Psalm 25:1-10
15. 1 Peter 1:3-8
16. Ephesians 3:14-21
17. Galatians 5:1-6
18. Galatians 5:22-26
19. 1 Peter 4:1-8
20. I Peter 3:8-12
21. Ephesians 4:10-16
22. Philippians 2:1-11
23. Colossians 3:8-15
24. John 14:21-27
25. John 15:9-13
26. John 15:14-21
27. 1 John 3:1-5
28. 1 Cor. 13:1-7
29. 1 Cor. 13:8-13
Printable or Digital
Just screenshot the graphic to your smartphone and mark it as a favorite for easy daily access. For a simple printable copy, click on the graphic or HERE and print out two copies of the Bible reading plan. Share one with a friend!
I wanted to get this up much earlier, but we’re ready to begin Monday! Who’s in?
By his grace,
We fall in love, trip over it, stumble upon it. But God? His path is love, because he is love. – One More Step