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The Centrality of Love

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Transcript of The Centrality of Love

The Centrality of Love
Mark 12:28-34
Understanding the Call to Love
Made to love
The Extent of our Love
Loving Others
The Law of Love
Romans 13:8-10

“8 Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9 The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.”
Love God
Love Your Neighbor
To Love is to Grow
To Love is to Glorify
Deuteronomy 13:3

“you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams. For the LORD your God is testing you, to know whether you love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.”
1 Thessalonians 3:5

“And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.”
Initiating
Sacrificial
Planned
Love God
Love Your Neighbor

1. To know that God exists
2. Not to entertain the idea that there is any god but the Eternal
3. To hallow God's name
4. Not to profane God's name
5. To know that God is One, a complete Unity
6. To love God
7. To fear Him reverently
8. Not to put the word of God to the test










9. To imitate His good and upright ways
10. To honor the old and the wise
11. To learn Torah and to teach it
12. To cleave to those who know Him
13. Not to add to the commandments of the Torah, whether in the Written Law or in its interpretation received by tradition
14. Not to take away from the commandments of the Torah
15. That every person shall write a scroll of the Torah for himself
16. To circumcise the male offspring
17. To put tzitzit on the corners of clothing
18. To bind tefillin on the head
19. To bind tefillin on the arm
20. To affix the mezuzah to the doorposts and gates of your house
22. To pray to God
23. To read the Shema in the morning and at night
24. To recite grace after meals










25. Not to lay down a stone for worship
26. To love all human beings who are of the covenant
27. Not to stand by idly when a human life is in danger
28. Not to wrong any one in speech
29. Not to carry tales
30. Not to cherish hatred in one's heart
31. Not to take revenge
32. Not to bear a grudge
33. Not to put any Jew to shame
34. Not to curse any other Israelite
35. Not to give occasion to the simple-minded to stumble on the road
Close But Not Quite
Sacrifice or Obedience
Bone Chilling Words
Psalm 73:25

“Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.”
1 John 4:8

“Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.”

1 John 4:11

“Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”

1 John 4:21

"And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.”
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