LOVE, THE GREATEST COMMANDMENT
““Teacher, which is The Greatest Commandment in The Law?”
Jesus replied: “‘Love The Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is The First and Greatest Commandment. And The Second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All The Law and the Prophets hang on these two Commandments.”” Matthew 22: 36-40
Love is at the center of the Christian’s life. God Is Love and in His Infinite Love, He chose to justify His creatures, in a free manner, through their faith in His One and Only Son that He sent to die on a Cross for their sins.
Having shown such A Great Love, God expects us to love in return. First, we must love God Who Is our Creator and Master more than anything else or person. It should occupy the first place in our lives, should be at the center of our decisions, our daily choices. We should live with a constant desire to please Him.
Secondly, we must love our neighbor. Our neighbor is any other person than us, regardless of social status, skin color, intellectual level, etc. In general, it is easier to love family members, friends or people with whom we share similarities (social status, skin color, etc …). But by asking us to love our neighbor, The Lord Jesus invites us to break the barriers between us and those who are different. True love is not limited to the people who are similar, but must extend to all.
Moreover, by asking us to love our neighbor as ourselves, The Lord Jesus invites us to abandon selfishness. We must leave the attitude of caring about our own needs, our own interests and move towards an attitude that takes into consideration others’ interests as well.
Out of Love for us, God sent His One and Only Son to Sacrifice Himself for our sins.
Out of Love for us, The Lord Jesus Died on the Cross for our sins.
So we too must love God and love our neighbor!