Love The Lord Your God And Love Your Neighbor As Yourself

God gave Israel ten commandments but, which one is most important? That’s what Jesus was asked by a teacher of religious law. Jesus’ answer was a good summary of the commandments.
Jesus said, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’No other commandment is greater than these” (Mark 12:29-31).
In two statements, Jesus sums up all of the commandments. Jesus says the greatest commandment is to “Love the Lord your :God with all your heart, soul and mind.” In that statement, Jesus sums up the first four commandments… “Thou shall have no other Gods before me… Do not make any graven images… Observe the Sabbath day” etc…
Then, Jesus said, “the second commandment is like the first one, “Love your neighbor as yourself..” In that statement, Jesus sums up the remaining six commandments… “Do not murder… .Do not covet… etc…”
So, all Ten commandments are summed up in these two statements; “Love your God with all your heart, soul and mind” and… “love your neighbor as yourself.” If we do those two things, we keep all the commandments.
Think about that… “Love the Lord your God with all your heart.. soul and mind.” That refers to worship… it refers to giving…it prevents us from engaging in idolatry…
Then, “love your neighbor as yourself…” If you love your neighbor, you will not murder, steal or gossip.”
If we live by those two simple statements every day, we could make a difference in our world. I encourage you today, put God first and treat your neighbor the way you would want to be treated and we will make this a better world.

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