Monday, January 6, 2014

Mark 12:30

Mark 12:30 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, 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.”

There are 10 commandments and hundreds of other laws in the Old testament that tell us what do. When Jesus is asked what the greatest is He throws this at them; Love God, Love people. In two commandments He sums up every other one that was ever written.
Love is the ultimate command. If you Love God then you will honor Him, respect Him, and listen to His Words. When you Love someone you want to make them happy, you want to do the things they ask. As we learn to Love God more we will want to follow His commands, instead following them because we have to. We've had the rules, but with Love we have the relationship that makes the rules worth following.
The second command is very similar, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Most the commands and rules are set up for either honoring and respecting God and making Him number one in our lives, or honoring and respecting people and treating them as God treats them. When we have Love for someone, it gives us the fuel we need to obey these commands. Instead of a chore it becomes easy. When you walk in the Love of God you no longer have to think about treating others well, you just do, because you Love them.

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