All You Need is Love
Matthew 22:37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’
When asked, “Which is the greatest commandment?” Jesus answered by saying, “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” He added to that by saying, “…the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:37-39)
As Christians we often live by the second commandment, but we either neglect the first or we elevate the second command into first position. But loving one another is not to come before loving God. Love of God must take first place. We cannot love each other in the way Jesus commands us to love unless we love God first. These two commandments cannot be equalized and they certainly cannot be reversed. Love of God is the greatest commandment. Loving each other is second.
Now, how do we do that? How do we love God and then love each other? Is it simply a matter of words and deep emotions? No, scripture tells us very clearly how we are to fulfill these two commandments. “By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments.” (1 John 5:2-3)
We know that we love our brothers and sisters in Christ when we love God by keeping His commandments. You see, true love for God and true love for each other is defined by our obedience to the commandments of God.
Have a God Filled Week,