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Daily Devotional: Understanding the Greatest Commandment - A boy with outstretched arms at sunset over the sea. Daily Devotional: Understanding the Greatest Commandment - A boy with outstretched arms at sunset over the sea.

Discussion Questions | Understanding the Greatest Commandment

  • January 2024 Issue
  1. What does it mean to love God with all your heart, soul, and strength? What connection is there between love and obedience?
  2. What does it mean to love God with your heart, soul, and mind? Why did Jesus say this was the greatest commandment?
  3. Describe a time when someone discipled you. How did that person teach and shape you? Have you had the opportunity to disciple others?
  4. What stories have influenced your worldview? How does the truth of Scripture reshape our values, priorities, and goals?
  5. Do you have a “growth” or “fixed” mindset? How open are you to input or instruction? In what was are you pursuing spiritual growth and truth?
  6. How can we experience God’s peace? What would right thinking look like in your life? What might you need to change to achieve this goal?
  7. Have you ever struggled with doubt? How did it resolve? How would you counsel someone who has doubts about Christianity?
  8. In what ways can you offer your body as a living and holy sacrifice to God? In what ways can you invite the Holy Spirit to renew your thoughts?
  9. Take some time to assess your own view of self. Does it align with God’s perspective? In what ways are you using your gifts to contribute to the body?  
  10. How does loving our neighbor connect to our love for God? What does this type of love look like?
  11. Have you experienced friendships that either built you up in Christ or caused you to sin? What cautions does the psalmist give us regarding choosing close friends?
  12. What do you feed yourself—body, mind, and soul? What should you add to your diet? What should you remove?
  13. If our goal is to love God well, how does that influence our daily choices? What habits do you have? Do you need to apply wisdom to changing any?
  14. Why did God view rest as important? How can we practice rest as Jesus explains it in Matthew 11?
  15. Are you in the waiting room right now? How can you honor and love God during your time of waiting?
  16. Where do you have appropriate concern? And where does your concern become worry? Worry becomes inappropriate when it is misdirected, becomes disproportionate, or feeds debilitating emotion.
  17. When have your expectations not aligned with reality? How does our focus change if we expect hardship and make our goal obedience and love?
  18. In what ways have you boldly obeyed the Lord? Is He calling you to step out in faith right now?  
  19. Is it possible to experience anger and not act on it? How can loving God fully influence our emotional responses? What does that look like?
  20. Psalm 143 shows us ways to process pain. What does David do to experience God’s presence amid his troubles?
  21. What does it mean to guard our heart? Why is it so important? How does the content of your heart become evident in your speech, priorities, and decisions?
  22. What was Saul’s mistake? Are you excusing or justifying any sin? What are the consequences?
  23. Do you have a regular routine of confession and repentance? What is God asking you to confess right now?
  24. How does forgiveness fit into God’s command to “love others”? How many times should we forgive others who sin against us?
  25. How have you experienced the healing power of Jesus? What type of physical, emotional, and spiritual healing do you need?
  26. How do you know God loves you? In what ways does His love enable you to love?
  27. How would you describe your own feelings about the passing of time? How can you cultivate a more eternal perspective in your day-to-day?
  28. What goals have you set for your life? Career goals? Material goals? Relational goals? Ministry goals? What would it look like to submit each of these personal goals to the main goal Paul describes?
  29. How have you seen God’s personal care in the past? How does that give you hope for the future? How does this challenge inspire us to love God more fully?