37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:37-40
The reference that Jesus makes concerning loving God in verse 37 is known as the “Shiva Yisrael” found in Deuteronomy 6:4-5 , stating that you need to love God with all your being. And here, Jesus exhorts his listeners to do likewise with all whom they meet in their daily lives – to shine that caring, compassion and love to them as well. Something for all of us to do continually in our daily walk with God !!
Let us pray please : Loving and All Powerful One – as Your light of love shines on us, Your church , help us to be better at sharing that light of caring and compassion to this hurting and thirsting world. There are too many times when truly “loving” our neighbor does not. Forgive us, Lord, help us to learn and move forward. May all this and much more be so for You, we pray it in Your Son’s name. Amen.
Yours in Christ , Rollie