Reflecting on God’s Word . . .

Mark 12:28-34 NLT

[28] 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?”

[29] Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The LORD our God is the one and only LORD.

[30] And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’

[31] The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.” ]

[32] The teacher of religious law replied, “Well said, Teacher. You have spoken the truth by saying that there is only one God and no other.

[33] And I know it is important to love him with all my heart and all my understanding and all my strength, and to love my neighbor as myself. This is more important than to offer all of the burnt offerings and sacrifices required in the law.”

[34] Realizing how much the man understood, Jesus said to him, “You are not far from the Kingdom of God.” And after that, no one dared to ask him any more questions.

Reflection . . .

The Greatest Commandment:

Love the Lord your God . . . love your neighbor!

Jesus tackles yet again the issue he had with the religious leaders, that of conformity to religious traditions and rules and not the one thing that matters most in relationships, Love!

Salvation, faith in Christ is what brings liberty and enables us to truly love God and others. Jesus Christ enables us to love God with you whole heart, soul, and mind.

Love is not the work of the Holy Spirit, it is the Holy Spirit—working in us. God is love, he doesn’t merely have it or give it; he gives himself—to all [who believe]. 

Joseph Fletcher