As the Pharisees gather with an agenda, they proceed forward with a highly tactical approach, and then they speak
They say "teacher, which is the greatest commandment of the law?"
Surely he is not prepared for this
And as the pages turn and the letters burn to Crimson
sternly yet simply he speaks
"Love the Lord your God with all parts of you"
No further questions. Yet further answers were given
center stage with eyes locked in a second commandment is mentioned and this one is similar to the first
"Love your neighbor as yourself, all of the law and the prophets rest on these two things alone"
So easy to comprehend but so easy to forget when faced with a chance to apply it
I'm sure we all feel like we are loving people
we shake hands, we wave to familiar faces and we kiss our grandmothers goodbye when they leave
But the bubbles we've cultivated in life, subconsciously decreases the number of those who we actually deem worthy to be loved
He's a "bad person" he can't actually be worthy to be loved can he?
You remember what Jesus said, "love God and love some people" right?
Or was it, "love God and love certain people", or "love God and love only people who haven't done time or only people who don't share a bed with the same sex"
Or maybe it was, "love God and love only people who live in this country legally and only if they can speak proper English"
or maybe it was, "love God and love only people who don't subscribe to this sometimes seemingly radical religion known as Islam"
Lord help us for we have altered your command to become, "love God and love only those who we are comfortable loving"
We must stop viewing people through the eyeglass of prejudice or patriotism and start seeing people through the sunglasses of Christendom
All of us fearfully and wonderfully made
And again he speaks, "for I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat
I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a foreigner and you did not welcome me
I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me
For whatever you have not done for the least of these, you most certainly have not done for me"
Teacher, which is the greatest command of the law?
Well that's easy. Love God, love people
all of the law and the prophets rest on those two things alone
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