Spring Warrior Church of Christ
7432 S. Red Padgett RoadPerry, FL 32348584-5176
What would Jesus say is the “greatest” commandment? Consider whatHe said:
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all theLaw and the Prophets.”
(Matt. 22:36-40). Jesus and Paul say that these commands fulfill the whole law (Mark12:28-31; Luke 10:27; Rom. 13:8-10; Gal. 5:14). Let’s consider why.Love “does not seek its own” (1 Cor. 13:5). Love is not self-centered,but always puts God and others first (Matt. 22:37, 39). Jesus and theApostles criticized those who loved the attention of others (Matt. 6:5, 23:5-7;Mark 12:38-39; Luke 11:43, 20:46-47;
3 John 1:9), loved materialwealth (Matt. 6:24, 19:16-24; Luke 16:13; 1 Tim. 6:10; 2 Tim. 3:2-5), orotherwise put something or someone else ahead of Him (Matt. 10:37).Christians are expected to put God first (Matt. 6:33). Jesus says ourown lives must take a backseat to the love of God for us to inherit eternal life(John 12:25-26). Even the Ten Commandments direct our attention awayfrom ourselves. The first four commandments deal with our relationship withGod, and the last six prohibit us from mistreating others (Exodus 20:1-17).
(Matt. 22:40). Jesus taught the Apostles that,“allwill know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” (John13:34-35).Paul instructed the Romans to become “living sacrifices,” in part bybeing “kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor givingpreference to one another” (Rom. 12:1, 10). Jesus says that whomever we would want to have mercy on us, literallyeveryone, is our neighbor (Luke 10:29-37; Matt. 7:12). We should even love