Hello to each of you. So happy you came back to see what was next. I began this month of love by talking about the ten commandments. The first four had to do with man’s relationship to God and the last six dealt with man’s....
relationship to other men. We skipped to the New Testament where Jesus was being questioned by the lawyer/Pharisee in Matthew 22 verses 34-40. We stopped with Jesus telling him and all who witnessed the event that the most important commandment of all was to love the Lord with all thy heart, soul and mind. That was the answer to the lawyer’s question. (It was a trick question trying to catch Jesus saying something that they could hold against Him). We discovered that if we loved God with all of our heart, mind and soul that we would keep the first four commandments:
We would never take His name in vain or have idols instead of Him. We would love Him and keep His special day, so that would pretty much address the first four commandments.
During this month of February, we are focusing our attention on love, since the “love” holiday comes on February 14th. There is more money spent on cards, candies, roses, cologne and other special items than we can count. All expressions of love between one person and another.
Today, I want to add to my last post by showing you verses 39-40 of Matthew 22. Jesus gave the lawyer/Pharisee a bonus. The only question that the lawyer asked Jesus was “ 36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Which one of the commandments is most important? Instead of stopping with the answer to the lawyer’s question, Jesus went on to say
39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
Jesus gave the lawyer the first and second most important commandments and told the lawyer that all the law hangs on these two commandments. First, love the Lord with all you heart, mind and soul and secondly, love your neighbor as yourself.
This gets really deep when we think about that. How do we love our neighbor like we love ourselves? How do we love ourselves? A lot! The other six commandments wouldn’t be a problem for us if we treated others like we treat ourselves. Would we do any of these to our own self?
- Honoring our parents
That would take care of the last six commandments wouldn’t it? If we practiced the “Golden Rule”, we would be in obedience to Jesus Christ. Two simple commandments to follow:
Love God most and love others like we love ourselves.
Sounds so simple doesn’t it? It isn’t that easy to do. Remember back when everyone wore the WWJD jewelry and shirts? If we could only ask ourselves, are my actions showing that I love God most in my life and that I love others like I love myself before we do anything, we could make a difference in our world.
My challenge for all of us during this “Love” month, and hopefully long after is to show others how much we love God and them by our actions, words, attitudes and our very lives. We could be a living testimony to Jesus Christ. Wait, Isn’t that what we are supposed to be? Jesus gave us directions in Matthew. Love me most and love others like you love yourself.
Praying for you and I ask that you pray for me,