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Which of the Ten Commandments is most important?

BY CAREY KINSOLVING Modified: October 22, 2012 at 1:22 pm •  Published: October 22, 2012

The greatest commandment, according to many of my friends, is the first: "You shall have no other gods before me."

Nathan, 10, sees this as the foundation of the commandments "because if you don't believe in God, why should you worry about following all the other commandments?" Laura, 9, says the first is most important "because the Lord is our God, and if he wasn't, we wouldn't be here."

Both Nathan and Laura realize that all standards hinge on God's existence and righteousness. If God doesn't exist, who sets the standards? If there is no God, then who rewards the good and punishes the evil?

When religious leaders asked Jesus which was the greatest commandment, he said, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind" (Matthew 22:37). Furthermore, he said the second greatest commandment was like the first: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."

Love for God cannot be divorced from love for neighbors. The apostle John summarized this link by reasoning that if God loved us first and demonstrated his love by sending his Son to die for our sins, then "we also ought to love one another" (I John 4:10-11).

Shock someone today by boldly expressing your love.

Point to ponder: God wants your love.

Scripture to remember: Matthew 22:37 previously quoted.

Question to consider: Do you love anything or anyone more than God?

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