“Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments” (Matt. 22:34-40NIV).
Jesus summarized the commands of God into two commands. If we truly love God in this way, and if we truly love our neighbors as ourselves, we will honor God in all we do, and we will do no harm to our neighbors. Our hearts’ desire will be to please God and to show his love to others, yet not by human standards, but by God’s standards.
So many people think that love caters to selfishness and that it only does and says pleasant things which make people feel warm and fuzzy all over. But, that is not a true picture of love. Yes, love does what is kind, thoughtful, caring, compassionate, etc., but love sometimes has to be tough love, too, and it must speak the truth in love, and confront sin, call for repentance, warn of judgment, and tell the truth about what it really means to love God and to obey his commands.
God’s Great Commands
An Original Work / July 10, 2011
Based off of Matthew 22:34-40
Loving God and loving others
Are the Lord God’s great commands.
On these rest all of the others;
Live by them and you’ll not fail.
Be a witness, share the gospel,
Be a light in this dark world.
Share the love of Jesus always
To a world who has not heard.
Serving others; be like Jesus;
Wash their feet and pray with them.
Be a healer; mend their hurts and
Show them how to turn from sin.
Be a living example of
How to live for Jesus Christ,
Walking with Him in His footsteps,
Leading others to new life.
Give to God and give to others
Of yourselves in ev’ry way.
Obey your Lord, do His bidding;
Bow your knees and humbly pray.
Pray for others to know Jesus.
Tell how they can be set free
Of their sins and live for Jesus;
Walk with Him eternally.