“Of All, In All” ( Matthew 22:37-39, WYC ) by Carley Evans


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Jesus emphasizes one element of life in His statement — that element of life is love: love of God, love of self, love of others. He says to love God “of all thine heart, and in all thy soul, and in all thy mind.” He says this love of God “is the first and most commandment;” it is love itself. The second commandment is like it except its focus of love is on self and others.

“Jesus said to him, Thou shalt love thy Lord God, of all thine heart, and in all thy soul, and in all thy mind [Thou shalt love the Lord thy God, of all thine heart, and of all thy soul, and in all thy mind]. This is the first and the most commandment. And the second is like to this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”

Jesus doesn’t say, “Judge others as you judge yourself.” He doesn’t say, “Hold everyone accountable for every mistake.” He doesn’t say, “God hates you because you hate Him.” Rather Jesus encourages us to put God first in our hearts, our souls, our minds. In putting God first, we acknowledge His sacrificial love of us. We gather His strength so we are able to love and accept both ourselves and others.

“Hear” ( Deuteronomy 6: 4-5, WYC ) by Carley Evans


English: Deuteronomy 8:18, Thou shalt remember...

God says, “Listen! I Am a fervent lover; and, as such, I Am in your midst. Listen! I Am One God; there is no other! You are to love Me with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength.”

“15 for God is a fervent lover, thy Lord God is in the midst of thee.” (Deuteronomy 6: 15)

4 Thou Israel, hear, thy Lord God is one God. (Hear, O Israel, the Lord thy God is one God.)

“5 Thou shalt love thy Lord God of all thine heart, and of all thy soul, and of all thy strength. (Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength.)”

18 and do thou that that is pleasing and good in the sight of the Lord, that it be well to thee.” (Deuteronomy 6:18)

God says, “Do what pleases Me. Do good in My sight, so that all is well with you. Listen! Fear Me! Live in awe of Me!”

 

“Love Manifests Itself” ( Deuteronomy 13: 4, NEB ) by Carley Evans


“You must follow the Lord your God and fear Him; you must keep His commandments and obey Him, serve Him and hold fast to Him.”

 

Walking along the Sea of Galilee, Jesus sees two fishermen brothers – Simon and Andrew. “Jesus says to them, ‘Come with Me, and I will make you fishers of men.’ And at once they leave their nets and follow Him.” (Matthew 4: 19-20)

 

Jesus may have told them, “Come to Me, [you] whose work is hard, whose load is heavy; and I will give you relief. Bend your necks to My yoke, and learn from Me, for I Am gentle and humble-hearted; and your souls will find relief. For My yoke is good to bear, my load is light.” (Matthew 11: 28-30)

 

The Pharisees want to know what is the greatest commandment. Jesus answers, ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind. That is the greatest commandment. It comes first. The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. Everything in the Law and the prophets hangs on these two commandments.’ ” (Matthew 22: 37-40)

 

Love manifests itself, says Jesus. He speaks of the final day when “those on His right hand” receive God’s blessings. “For when I was hungry, you gave Me food; when thirsty, you gave Me drink; when I was a stranger, you took Me into your home, when naked you clothed Me; when I was ill you came to My help, when in prison you visited Me.”  But, those to His right hand do not realize what He is saying to them, so He clarifies: “I tell you this: anything you did for one of My brothers here, however humble, you did for Me.” (Matthew 25:35-37, 40)

 

“In a word, there are three things that last for ever: faith, hope, and love; but the greatest of them all is love. Put love first.” (1 Corinthians 13: 13-14:1)

“Love Covers Sins” (Matthew 22: 37 – 39, ESV) by Carley Evans


Jesus tells us the first and greatest command is “to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” The second is like it; that command is to love your neighbor as yourself.

All the Law and the Prophets depend upon these two great commands of God; and both find their basis in love: love of God, love of others.

Obviously, Jesus loves His Father enough to obey Him, sacrificing His own human life for the purpose of God — that is our salvation: redemption, sanctification, glorification. Jesus often speaks of loving His friends enough to die for them. And, after speaking of this, He does indeed die for them and for us.

Your neighbor may be friend, may be enemy — but, you are commanded to love him whichever way he treats you. Your love of neighbor is a small reflection of the love which Jesus pours out on you. Your love of God the Father is tiny in measure when compared to Jesus’ love of His Father.

Love does no harm; and does not push its own way. “Keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4: 8)