Exodus 17:8-19:25 / Matthew 22:34-23:12 / Psalm 27:8-14 / Proverbs 6:27-35
“Jesus said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
The Pharisees and Sadducees had gathered to test Jesus and see if the could cause Him to slip up. They wanted to know what He would say when asked “What the greatest commandment in the law?” Jesus was easily able to boil the whole Gospel message down to 3 simple, clear sentences.
If we first love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, we will not only enjoy a growing relationship with Him that gives abundant life and peace, we will be filled to overflowing. That overflowing is what makes us able to love our neighbor (others) as we love ourselves. Notice no mention of “self”, “grabbing our rights”, or “taking care of number one”. As we walk with our Heavenly Father and become the people He has created each of us to be and “seek first His kingdom (not our own), peace, great fruit and the ability to love and serve others will naturally follow. Pretty cool.