The Two Commandments? Pt. 2

Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, Master, which is the great commandment in the law?  Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.  This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Matthew 22:35-40

We looked yesterday at the answer that Jesus gave to this lawyer about “what is the great commandment in the law.”  The first and great commandment is to “love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.”  That is the number one commandment and obeying it will help us in every aspect of life.

Today, we will look at the second commandment that Jesus gave.  “And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”  When you think about it, loving our neighbour as ourself will take care of so many of our problems.  It goes back to the golden rule: do unto others as you would have them do unto you.  Think about the other commandments and how they relate to our “neighbours.”

If we love our neighbour as ourself, we are not going to kill them, we are not going to commit adultery with them, we are not going to steal from them and we are not going to lie to them.  We don’t want any of those things done to us, and if we are following this “second commandment,” we aren’t going to do them to anyone else.

Love the Lord with all that you have and love your neighbour as yourself.  Can you imagine how great our lives and the lives of those around us would be if we would follow those two simple commandments?  On those two commandments “hang all the law and the prophets.”

3 responses to this post.

  1. Beautiful reminder, Ben, and what a great hope it gives us of what could be! God bless you and yours!

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  2. Thanks, Ben 🙂

    Sometimes its the simple things that have the greatest impact. I echo your point about making loving the Lord with all our hearts. I have a hunch that if we love the Lord with all our hearts, we have no choice but to love our neighbours as ourselves 😉
    Blessings
    ann

    P.S. For some reason I stopped receiving your posts, so I subscribed (again) yesterday. I think this is the third time this is happened … am I doing something wrong?

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