November 23, 2022

Love, The Greatest Commandment

The greatest commandment is to acknowledge the one God and to love the Lord your God. (Deut 6:4-5) Jesus affirmed that the most important commandment is, “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:28-31) To love God and to love one’s neighbor as oneself is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices. (Mark 12:33) This prospective brings us close to the kingdom of God. (Mark 12:34) We should understand what it means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice’ for Jesus came not to call the righteous but sinners. (Mat 9:13) To inherit eternal life, we should read the law as, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and all your strength and all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:25-28) Jesus said, “Do this, and you will live.” (Luke 10:28) The new commandment that Jesus gave us is that we love one another: just has he has loved us, we should also love one another. (John 13:34) This is how we are identified as his disciples, that we love one another. (John 3:35)

By th,is it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother. (1John 3:10) For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. (1John 3:11) The commandment of God is that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus and love one another, just as he commanded us. (1John 3:23) In Christ Jesus, neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love. (Gal 5:6) Through love, we are to serve one another – for the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Gal 5:13-14) Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. (Rom 13:8) 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.” (Rom 13:9) Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. (Rom 13:10) If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. (Jam 2:8)

For more, see the website Love First.

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