Mark 12:28-31 NLT
One of the teachers of religious law was standing there listening to the debate. He realized that Jesus had answered well, so he asked, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The LORD our God is the one and only LORD. And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.”
Reflection . . .
The greatest commandment: Love the Lord!
The second greatest commandment: Love others!
At the end of what many have referred to as the “Love” chapeter in the Bible, 1 Corinthians 13:13, we have the statement that Love is the greatest! It’s greater than faith and hope! Love for God and others is at the core of what it means to know God, applying that love! Our love for God is expressed in worship, praise and adoration! We respond to all that God has done in acts of love, desiring to be in His presence and being part of what He is doing. We respond to others as an extension and expression of that same love for God. Responding to God’s love for us (because he first loved us (1 John 4:19) through faith, hope and expressions of love to others is the manifestation of God’s love in us.
This is exciting stuff!
If we are not feeling fulfilled, discouraged, not joyful, always disappointed, perhaps we have faith and measures of hope, but we’re not responding well to God’s great love for us and extending it to others.