are many people who answer with full conviction when asked if they love
God, but hesitate when asked if they love him above all else.
What is implied in the statement we find in the Bible, “I am the
Lord your God,” which inspired the first commandment of God’s law?
That God, is precisely, God: the all-powerful being, creator of the
world, creator of our own existence, the one who maintains life in us,
the only being capable of giving us everything we need and granting us
No object or person is comparable to God in greatness, goodness,
power and love. It is therefore a logical conclusion, for anyone who
claims to believe in God: that God not only must be the most important
thing in our lives, but also the source from which all our actions
Anyone who believes in God knows that not only he or she owes God
everything they have, but that God loves him or her as no one else is
capable of loving them.
Loving God then, is not an “arbitrary obligation” imposed by God
but a logical and free consequence of a human person who knows that he
or she is a treasured creature.
Unfortunately, many people live as if loving God were only a
duty: they fulfill the commandments only as if they were a heavy burden,
which they must balance with other things they find “more enjoyable” in
their lives: achieving power, economic success, or finding pleasure.
Although this way of life is commonly found in our times, it is not
what is expected from anyone who really lives and obeys the first
Happiness and salvation depend on
our sincere and heartfelt fulfillment of the commandments, because God
revealed them to us for our benefit, not for himself.
In other words, living the commandment of loving God above all
things is not something that God needs: God gains nothing by our
obedience! He will still be the same omnipotent God whether we worship
him or not! The only ones who benefit are we human beings.
Therefore, for the good of the human person, the first commandment
demands: “You shall not have other gods besides me.” This demand has
many practical implications. Above all, it involves a rejection of idolatry, which deifies a creature, power, money, even the devil.
The joyful fulfillment of the first commandment, which Jesus called
“the first of all,” will bring blessings of peace to us, our families
and to society.
Edited by sexyandfamous - Jun 24 2014 at 8:47pm