Loving God and Loving Your Neighbor Are Bound Together in Word and Deed.

Jesus was tested many times. In Matthew 22:34-40 (NKJV) a lawyer asked Jesus, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” (v 36).

Jesus responded, “You shall love your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind,” (v 37).

But Jesus didn’t stop there, He voluntarily added the second, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” (v 39).

Why, with about being asked, did Jesus add a second commandment?

Jesus knew how easy it would be for men and women to say,” I love God,” and just how empty those words might be. In I John 4: 20 (NKJV) it is stated, “If someone says, ‘I love God,’ and hates his bother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?”

Without inspired and caring action, the words “I love God” are a lie.

Jame wrote, “Faith without works is dead,” (James 2:14 (NKJV)).

The simple truth is that loving God and loving your neighbor are bound together in word and deed.

 

 

About drjstewart

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