St. Johns
The Ten Commandments: Set Free to Love Freely
October 15, 2017

The Ten Commandments: Set Free to Love Freely

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Speaker: Dr Jon Lovelady | Series: The Ten Commandments

We finish our “Ten Commandments” series with the sermon, “Set Free to Love Freely.”  We talk a lot about love in our society and in our world.  When we hear, “Love our neighbors as ourselves” we begin to wonder what it really means.  People confuse loving someone with complying with their wishes. “If you loved me then you would do what I say!”  Loving our neighbors as ourselves must be more than outward social compliance, it must be an inward passion that God shares with us.  In order to find that passion, we must first, Love the Lord our God with our whole heart, our whole soul, our whole mind and all of our strength.  But how does this set us free to love freely?  This week, we turn to Mark 12:28-34 and 1 John 4:10-11.  Jesus is having a conversation with a person who is very knowledgeable about the Law of God, but not the love of God.  Both of these scriptures help us to find a greater ability to be loved and to love each other.  Prepare your heart for God’s Word to you as you read these verses for worship.  Mark 12:28-34: One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 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: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” “Well said, teacher,” the man replied. “You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him. To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.” When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And from then on no one dared ask him any more questions.1 John 4:10-11 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. (NIV)