“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: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these” (Mark 12:30,31 NIV)
So many people concern themselves with the commandments given to Moses upon the mountain that they forget how Jesus summarized them into two–which should be easier to remember, but do we?
The first–Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength–If we truly love God–with all of our being and He is the focus of our lives–we live to please Him–doing all He has put into our hearts to do.
The second–Love your neighbor as yourself–if we loved our neighbors (all those around us)–as ourselves, could we hate, steal, lie, or kill anyone? When we do these things–is it an indicator that we do not love self?
If we really stopped to think about what we do and how we do it–we would have greater insight as to who we really are and we might even see a need to change. When we treat ourselves better, we’ll treat others better.
Love–such a simple command and yet–such a hard one to do. If we love God, we would take care of the needs of the poor and defenseless. If we love others–there would be no poor and defenseless–God knows! Think about it!
And while you’re thinking about it–remember those who have loved us and did not even know us in their service to their country to defend our rights and freedoms as a nation, who for the most part–believes in God!
Learning to love is the greatest response we could ever give to God and others. Let’s do it!