The Greatest Commandment

By: Woody Godbey

Before I get started I want you to look at the two most important commandments that God gave us. In fact every command that God expects of us can be summed up in these two central commands. They are found in Matthew 22:35-40

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 to him, you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.

38 This is the first and great commandment.

39 And the second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'

40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

I try to evaluate myself from time to time and see how my walk with the Lord is going. I ask myself several questions. Am I growing in loving God? Am I growing in loving my family? Am I showing kindness to others? Am I showing love to my neighbors?

As I think on these things, I have to be careful that I don't set aside growing in love for my neighbors. It is a big teaching. In fact half of what Jesus teaches in this verse is loving our neighbor. If I'm not growing in this area I'm missing the broad side of the barn. The neighbor Jesus is talking about is anyone in need. Remember the story of the man who was robbed, beaten and left for dead. People passed him by but one stopped and took care of the man. Jesus told that story to illustrate what loving our neighbor means. So loving one's neighbor is broader than those next door or in your community but that is a good place to start.

How often do you do good to your neighbor, those in need? How often does the Lord place someone in front of us and we like the priest and Levite pass them up?

I am not asking these things to make anyone feel bad. If you are falling short then make a plan right now to show some kindness this week. Have your mind ready to act. Ask God for wisdom on how to be kind this week. Then act on it.

Remember, loving God and loving you neighbor is the two greatest commandments. Jesus said that if you are doing those two commandments, you are fulfilling the law. God Bless!