Read through the Gospels in a Year: Mark 12:28-34
Read the New Testament in a Year: 2 Corinthians 9

“Love the Lord your God … .” —Mark 12:30

Jesus taught that loving God is the greatest commandment, and that the second greatest command is to love our neighbor as ourselves. Then one of the greatest questions must be “What is love?” In 1 Corinthians 13 we find a beautiful answer. Paul’s words in that chapter guide our understanding of love on the basis of God’s love for us. And we can apply that to our love for God as well as for our neighbor.
Are we ever impatient with God? Are we unkind to God? Do we envy God in any way? Are we ever boastful, taking credit for what God enables us to do?Are we rude to God? Are we self-seeking, forgetting to love God first? Are we easily angered by God? Do we keep a mental record of the ways we think God has wronged us? Do we delight secretly in evil that breaks God’s heart? Or do we trust, hope, and persevere in doing what is right, to honor God? (See 1 Corinthians 13:4-7.)
How much we have to grow in love! Remember, though, that God first loved us. He is infinitely patient and eternally kind. And God’s love “never fails” (1 Corinthians 13:8).