Monday, November 25
Scripture: Matthew 20-22
Matthew 22:36–40 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37 Jesus replied: “ ‘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 greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
So much great stuff in these chapters, but I have to go with the Great Commandment today.
When Jesus said that all the Law and Prophets hand on these two commandments, He was saying that loving God and loving people fulfills all God’s law, all God requires. This was how the apostle Paul understood it. He wrote:
Romans 13:8–10 Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. 9 The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
Love fulfills the law.
Jewish rabbis claimed that there were over 600 commands in the Law to be kept. It is impossible to remember that many, let alone keep them all. But if we love God and love people, if we “do no harm” and instead actively do what is best for others, we will fulfill all those laws!
I’m grateful that Jesus simplified this for us! Simple isn’t the same as easy! It’s not easy to love God and people, but Jesus simplified and clarified our focus: love God and love people.
Love is doing what is best for another no matter what it costs me.
Today, my focus is simple: love. Love God with all I’ve got, and love people.
Prayer: Help me Lord, to love You with all I’ve got and to love others as You have loved me.