Sermon on the Mount: Day 28

Love God, Love Others

Read Matthew 22:34–40
Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
In some ways, the greatest commandments—to love God and your neighbor—are simple. They don’t require education, skills, or money. Anyone can love. Why, then, is it so difficult? Why do we pass up opportunities to extend love so often? Love requires commitment and willingness. And love requires eyes that are open to the world around us and to the reality of God with us. If we understand God as a distant, uninterested guy floating in the clouds, we will struggle to love God. If we are focused on ourselves and don’t notice the needs around us, we will struggle to love our neighbors.

  • Throughout this week, as we have been studying passages of Scripture about what Jesus treasures, what have you noticed God illuminating or prompting in you? Spend some time reflecting on this question, remembering you are in God’s loving presence.

God, help me to remember that You are love and that You are calling me to love. I need Your help doing this. My first impulse can be more selfish than loving. But deep in my soul, I know the rewards of loving You and loving others. My heart comes alive and I sense Your presence so much more. May I treasure what You treasure. Amen. 

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