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Deuteronomy 6:4-9 (NIV)
4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
This is often called the First and Greatest Commandment: “The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might”. (Deut 6:4-6a) First, recall that you cannot earn God’s favor by getting this exactly right. Second, recognize those places in your life where you fail to do this, where God comes second. Third, ask for God’s forgiveness. Now, take a moment to simply tell God all the things you love about him and rejoice!