Verse of the Day 8-20-22

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 22:37-40

The Law and the Prophets hang on the two commandments to love God supremely and to love neighbor as self. God’s people do not have to learn a list of rules or face prophetic judgment. We have to let God plant his love so deep within us that we respond to every situation in love, seeking God’s will and the best for the other person. Acting in self-giving love is obeying God. As we act in love, we will fulfill the law’s deepest demands.

Christian love is the active, vitalizing power necessary in Christian living. Jesus’ command to love God is directed primarily to the will rather than the emotions. It means to esteem God, to regard him above all else, to give him unchallenged first place, and to give his claims unquestioned priority. This love means likewise, to esteem all that God esteems, to love what God loves to the extent not only of doing but being. Our lives are to radiate Christ’s love continuously. Christian relationships must be built on love; Christian fellowship must be maintained in love; and Christian service must be motivated by love. Love, of its own nature, produces the fruits of Christian devotion and service. The love Jesus commands eliminates injustice in human relations. It fulfills the law by abstaining from all that the law forbids. Jesus states that the twofold commandment fulfills “the Law” and “the Prophets” that when combined indicates the whole Old Testament.

Today’s Bible Readings:

Esther 8-10, 1 Corinthians 12:27-13:13, Psalm 37:1-11 and Proverbs 21:23-24

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