“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind. This is the first and most important commandment. The second most important commandment is like this one. And it is, ‘Love others as much as you love yourself.’ All the Law of Moses and the Books of the Prophets are based on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22: 37-40, Contemporary English Version)
Jesus understood the law. He knew that all the good behavior and obedience espoused by the inspired prophets who preceded him, were squarely based on these two important principles.
We must surely begin with honoring God. But this action goes beyond simply recognizing His power and worshiping Him. We must love God fully, thoroughly, sincerely, and consistently. This love is not something we can put on or simulate through forced actions. It is pure and genuine. This honest love brings us right in line with God’s true and enduring love for us.
This great love for God is not difficult when we realize it means we must be devoted, heart and soul, to love and goodness itself. Loving God means loving what is natural to us, most pleasing, and satisfying.
And when we recognize that God abundantly, unconditionally loves us, we can’t help but love others, too. For divine Love made every idea—conceived them as the very image and expression of His own Love. Each one is lovable and worthy of God’s love, so, therefore, certainly worthy of ours. We can follow these powerful commandments with natural ease and freedom because we were born to love and to be loved. It’s the law!
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