“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
Written by: Gina Rock
I’m a rule follower to a tee. I like to know what’s expected of me at all times so I can make sure to meet those expectations. While some scenarios in life, even the Christian life, require wisdom and discernment, often the Bible lays out exactly how we are to behave or respond.
Here in Matthew, and repeated in some of the other gospels, Jesus lays out as simply and firmly as possible that we are to love God and love other people. He didn’t say love other people who are kind to you, who look like you, who share your beliefs, who might have something to offer you. He plainly says to “love your neighbor as yourself.” He says this commandment is second only to loving God. Jesus displays great love for others who are very different than Him throughout scripture.
Thought of the day: If everyone around you looks/thinks/acts/votes/speaks the same as you, you are missing out on what Jesus calls the most important thing! What are some ways you can actively love those around you who are different than you?
Prayer: Father, thank You for loving me. Open my eyes to see those around me, so that I might love them well. Amen.