is the greatest Commandment? And Jesus
said, -ĎYou shall love the Lord your God
with all your heart, and with all your
soul, and with all your mind." Matthew
Is there such a thing as the greatest
sin? Some might quickly say blasphemy of
the Holy Spirit is the greatest sin
because it is the only sin that one
cannot be forgiven of. But blasphemy has
broad applications. Since the Holy
Spirit is the agency God uses to impart
eternal life, to reject it or to deny
its role in our life would be blasphemy.
But the motivation in the heart that
would cause a person to reject Godís
Spirit is just as blasphemous as the act
itself. God has declared, -"They
always go astray in their hearts." Rebellion
is always birthed in the heart before it
is acted out in the flesh.
We see in todayís text that when asked
which of Godís Commandments was the
greatest, Jesus replied, -"You
shall love the Lord your God with all
your heart, and with all your soul, and
with all your mind."
Jesus went on to say that all other
instruction from God hangs upon this
great Commandment, meaning if you will
not keep this Commandment you will not
obey God in anything else. Jesus would
later teach His disciples that their
love for Him would be expressed by them
keeping His Commandments. Jesus said, -"If
you love Me you will keep My
John later wrote that the person who
says he has come to know God but does
not keep His Commandments is a liar and
the truth is not in him. This person
would be living in delusion because love
and obedience cannot be separated.
I would argue, to break the greatest
Commandment is to commit the greatest
To deny God your love and devotion
breaks that Commandment. To practice
disobedience is not love. To practice
this denial is blasphemy against the
Holy Spirit and against the will of God,
which offered to save you and give you
eternal life through Christ, the Spirit.
Simply put, if you do not put God first
you will never follow or love Him.
It seems that every man who beats his
wife also declares his love for her and
the sad truth is that most of them have
deceived themselves into believing that
lie. Love is an action not a mere
feeling, and love is, as love does.
When Jesus told the Ephesus Church that
they had lost their first love, He
warned them to "do
the things that they did at first."
either prove love or reveal its absence.
There are people who live in a vicious
cycle of fight and make up, but what is
missing is repentance. Repentance means
to change, or turn around - in this case
it would mean that the man would stop
beating his wife.
What good is it if a man says he loves
his wife but beats her or even just
neglects her? "Sin
is the transgression of the Law." (1
How does a person know that he is a
sinner and is in need of repentance? He
is convicted that he has been breaking
Godís Law, His Commandments, chief of
all, the first and great Commandment.
A convicted heart knows that his sins
have caused the cruel crucifixion of
Jesus who suffered and died in their
place. A convicted heart gratefully, but
humbly receives that precious gift to
save his soul. And a truly convicted
person will never want to live in
rebellion against his heavenly Father by
breaking His Commandments.