The Greatest Commandment Is Love
Adventure 7: God's Law
According to what Jesus taught, what are the two greatest commandments of all?
Jesus taught that loving God wholeheartedly and loving others unreservedly are the two greatest commandments. Matthew 22:37b-40 – "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 the Law and the Prophets."
This Truth Makes
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In Matthew 22:37-40, Jesus sums up all of God’s laws into two rules:
• Love God
• Love others
All other rules depend upon these two. These are the foundational laws on which all other ones are built. Jesus showed that the fulfillment of all other laws is based primarily on relationship. If there is no love, then it is impossible to obey any command!
Love is primarily a heart attitude, not an action. Love results in action. In the Bible, there are two main types of love.
Phileo (fill-EH-oh) – to have a strong affection
and to enjoy. This kind of love says: “I want to do whatever I can to please this person.”
Agape (ah-GAH-pay) – choosing to value highly, even above life itself. This kind of love says: “I choose to put this person above everything else – no matter what!”
When we are truly loving God, we will not sin. God’s love for us and our love for Him makes us so happy in Him that there is no urge to sin. When we truly love someone,
we hate to do anything that might displease him or her. If you have love for God, you hate anything that might offend Him or that might reflect poorly upon His character. (See Romans 12:9; Job 1:8.)
1 Peter 1:8 – Whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible
and full of glory.