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


Matthew

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.