Monday, November 5, 2012

What is the Most Important Commandment?


When asked by a scribe which was the greatest or most important commandment, Jesus answered with quotes from Deuteronomy 6:5 and Leviticus 19:18, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. Love your neighbor as yourself.” He condensed all the hundreds of laws and the ten commandments down into a simple truth that, if practiced, would keep a person from sinning against God and man.

Let’s examine how we should love God. First, we should love Him with all our heart. With all our heart means that we should love Him without pretense, deception, affectation, or fraud. Our love needs to be genuine, sincere, and complete. You can’t just say you love Him and then not show it with your words and actions. Many of us say we love God and then act as if He doesn’t exist. We are, every one of us, hypocrites.
We should love God with all our soul. We really need to get intimate, up close, and personal with our Creator.  Let your emotions rule. There is joy and happiness and pleasure and delight when you love with your soul.
Now love Him with all your mind. Use your brain, see what He has done for you. Learn who He is. Study His word. Make a conscious decision to pray, meditate, and discover all you can about God.
Now that we’ve used our heart and soul and mind what’s left? Our strength. Love the Lord with all your strength. This is physical. This love shows forth in our actions. What have we done for Him?
Loving God is the greatest commandment and the second one is to love your neighbor as yourself. These two commandments, if obeyed, would eliminate the need for the hundreds of other laws. What do you think?