But when the Pharisees heard that [Jesus] had silenced the Sadducees with his reply, they met together to question him again. One of them, an expert in religious law, tried to trap him with this question: “Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?”
Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”
Points of Interest
• “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”Love, as Jesus is describing it here, has at least 3 components: Love of God, Love of neighbor, and love of self. The common denominator of all three: love. The law of Moses (also known as the Torah, also knows as the 1st 5 books of the Bible) gave the Israelites 613 laws, but Jesus tells these teachers of the law that all of them come down to love.
• “Love your neighbor as yourself:”There is a certain sort of self-love which can easily lead to disconnection and isolation. But there is also another kind of self-love, one where we give our souls and bodies the care that they need. And when we do that, it would seem that it helps us move towards an experience of living life to the full.
Taking it Home
As we near the end of this 40 Days, maybe you’ve noticed ways in which an added focus on spiritual self-care has helped you. Pray for your schedule beyond this 40 Days. Ask God to speak to you about what’s next in your spiritual life.
For your “at least one”
Our “at least ones” are our neighbors, even if they aren’t our literal neighbors. Loving our neighbors as ourselves sometimes looks like praying for them. Sometimes it looks like blessing them in some other way. Ask God if there is any particular way that you could bless your “at least one.”
For our church
The people in our church are also our neighbors. Maybe take a moment to speak a word of blessing (say good things) to someone in our church today. And then, just keep going! Bless your roommates, partners, co-workers, friends, kids…Pray that our church would be a people that fills the spaces we enter with good things!