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The Greatest Commandments: Love God, Love Your Neighbor

By Rev. Bill McGinnis, Director - Internet Church Of Christ - LoveAllPeople.org
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There are many rules and regulations we sometimes feel we must follow in order to please the Lord. Some come from the Old Testament, some from the quotations of Jesus, some from the letters of Paul and others.

Jesus simplified all of these for us, so we could keep our priorities absolutely straight. Love for God and neighbor takes priority over all rules and regulations.

                                          
             MATTHEW 22
             35
                    Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a
                    question, tempting him, and saying,
             36
                    Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
             37
                    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.
             38
                    This is the first and great commandment.
             39
                    And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy
                    neighbour as thyself.
             40
                    On these two commandments hang all the law and the
                    prophets.

Jesus quoted both of these from Old Testament scriptures . . .

  
              "And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all
               thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with 
               all thy might." (Deuteronomy 6:5 KJV)
              "Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge
               against the children of thy people, but thou
               shalt love thy neighbor as thyself: I am the
               Lord." (Leviticus 18:19 KJV)

When He was questioned about "who is my neighbor?," He answered by giving the parable of the Good Samaritan, which shows that everyone is our neighbor.

    LUKE 10:25-37 (KJV)  
                          The Good Samaritan
                                      
   25
          And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him,
          saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?
   26
          He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou?
   27
          And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with
          all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy
          strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.
   28
          And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and
          thou shalt live.
   29
          But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is
          my neighbour?
   30
          And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from
          Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped
          him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him
          half dead.
   31
          And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and
          when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
   32
          And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and
          looked on him, and passed by on the other side.
   33
          But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was:
          and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,
   34
          And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and
          wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn,
          and took care of him.
   35
          And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and
          gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and
          whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay
          thee.
   36
          Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him
          that fell among the thieves?
   37
          And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto
          him, Go, and do thou likewise.
          

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     Rev. Bill McGinnis  <><
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