Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. Deuteronomy 6:5
God seeks fellowship with his people and gives them this absolutely necessary command that will attach them to him. By responding to his love with love, gratitude and loyalty, we will come to know and enjoy him in a covenant relationship. On this, the “first and greatest commandment,” along with the second commandment to love one’s neighbors (Leviticus 19:18), hang all the Law and the Prophets (Matthew 22:37-40). And true obedience to God and his commandments is possible only when it springs from faith in and love for God.