A MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION
by Pastor Mike Fortune
June 25, 2016
10-Year-Old Blind Autistic Boy Sings "Open the Eyes of my Heart" (03:11 - 07:50)
- Love precedes law (Luke 10:25-27; Deuteronomy 6:5; Matthew 22:34-40)
- Love precedes living (Luke 10:28; John 10:10)
- Love precedes repentance (Luke 10:29; Ecclesiastes 7:20; JPG; Romans 2:4)
25 One day an expert in religious law stood up to test Jesus by asking him this question: "Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?" 26 Jesus replied, "What does the law of Moses say? How do you read it?" 27 The man answered, "'You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.' And, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'"
5 And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. 6 And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today.
34 But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees with his reply, they met together to question him again. 35 One of them, an expert in religious law, tried to trap him with this question: 36 "Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?" 37 Jesus replied, 'You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.' 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 A second is equally important: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' 40 The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.'
28 "Right!" Jesus told him. "Do this and you will live!"
10 The thief's purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.
29 The man wanted to justify his actions, so he asked Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?"
20 Not a single person on earth is always good and never sins.
Romans 2:4 (Scripture)
4 Don't you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can't you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?