And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all? And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. Mark 12:28-31
Once again Jesus was tested and challenged by the religious leaders. They asked Jesus “What is the greatest commandment”? This is obviously a trick question they tried to trap Jesus in saying the wrong thing, however they fail to realize Jesus is the Son of God.
Jesus stated to “Love God with all your heart, soul, and mind” This is actually known as the “Shema” in the Jewish culture. But its the root to your true faith, do you truly love God above all things? Are your actions and motives aimed at pleasing God?
The Second commandment Jesus said is most important is “To Love Your Neighbor as Yourself” the entire Law of God can be summed up as Love God and Love People. This should be the anthem for all Christians!
And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he: And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices. And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that durst ask him any question. Mark 12:32-34
Notice that truly loving God is more important than going through the rituals of sacrifices and burnt offerings! Alot of Christians today think if they do a list of things, check off some boxes, they are good with God. Jesus came to give us a personal relationship with God, love him with all your heart, soul, and mind not to just check off some boxes
Its not easy to Love People, however we are called and commanded by our Lord to do so. Remember while Jesus was on the cross he said “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34) If our Lord can forgive those who sinned against him then we can also, Amen!