As we continue through the Gospels, we get to read the many words of Jesus. There are so many from which to choose that it is hard to single out any one thing. We do find one passage in the Gospels that stands out. It is a question asked of Jesus.
Mark 12:28–31 (NKJV) — 28 Then one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, perceiving that He had answered them well, asked Him, “Which is the first commandment of all?” 29 Jesus answered him, “The first of all the commandments is: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. 31 And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
What is the greatest commandment? Jesus says it is love. Notice, this commandment is not one of the Ten Commandments. We love to post and quote and hang signs and make monuments to the Ten Commandments, but Jesus says none of those is the greatest commandment. We find the first commandment Jesus lists…Love God with all your heart…in Deuteronomy 10:12. We find the second commandment Jesus lists…Love your neighbor as yourself…in Leviticus 19:18. They were commandments given to the children of Israel. These are repeated in word or spirit often in scripture.
These two commandments are the commandments we should be quoting, and hanging in our homes, and making monuments with. You see, all the other commandments, including the Ten Commandments, are really just ways in which a person who is loving God and loving his neighbor will act. These two commandments encompass all commandments.
Romans 13:9–10 (NKJV) — 9 For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not bear false witness,” “You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
It is interesting that these commandments really aren’t something you “do” as much as something that is true in you. It is by fulfilling these that we fulfill obedience to God.
Love…real Godly love… is the answer to all questions. Faith is rooted in love. Obedience is rooted in love. Forgiveness is rooted in love. Humility is rooted in love. Selflessness is rooted in love. Righteousness is rooted in Love.
1 John 4:7 (NKJV) — 7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.
In His Service, Scott
This Week’s Reading Plan:
- Day 1 – Mark 14
- Day 2 – Mark 15-16
- Day 3 – Luke 1
- Day 4 – Luke 2-3
- Day 5 – Luke 4-5
- Day 6 – Luke 6-7
- Day 7 – Luke 8-9