Looking to Mark 12, we see two great commandments. This comes not long before the time when Jesus will be crucified.
The Saducees, Pharisees, and the Herodians, they try to get rid of Jesus. They try to tempt him, to ask him questions to catch him up in some fault. They want to find something they can use against Jesus.
He answers them with an answer so wise they couldn't reason against Him.
That's when one of the scribes comes forward to ask Him what is the greatest commandment.
- Mark 12:28-34
He silences them.
- Deuteronomy 6:4-5
Part of the law, these two great commandments are significant to the life of Christians today. Keeping the law of God is as important today as it has ever been.
- 1 Corinthians 7:19
- 1 John 5:3
It's important for us today to keep the law of Christ, just as it was important for Jews to keep the law of Moses.
Thus, do we love God? And, do we love our neighbors?
Love the Lord Thy God...
- Mark 12:29-30
- Deuteronomy 6:4-5
Jesus quotes exactly from the passage in Deuteronomy. They were to love God with every fiber of their being.
We are to offer ourselves as a living sacrifice. We're to love God with every fiber of our being. Does God require any les of us today than he required of the Israelites? Of course not.
- 1 Corinthians 16:22
This is not agape love, but rather that phileo love, the brotherly love.
- Romans 12:1-2
We are to be living sacrifices.
- Hebrews 10:36
We are to love Him with patience, waiting for the promise.
- Colossians 3:1-2
We are to seek Christ, above, not of things of the earth. We are to love God with our minds.
- 1 John 5:3
We are to love Him by keeping His commandments.
- John 14:15
This is the evidence that we love Him, by keeping His commandments.
How Do we Grow in our Love for God?
First, we must dwell on God's love for us, so that we are moved toward love for Him.
- 1 John 4:9-10
He shows us love because He died for us, not because we did anything for Him, but rather so that we can be reconciled back to God, He sent His Son to die for us.
- 2 Thessalonians 3:5
We need to ask God, turn to Him in prayer. Grow your love for Him by praying and growing in love.
- Psalms 116:1-2
When the psalmist recognized that God hears his prayers, that increases His love for God.
We grow in love for God when we keep His word.
- 1 John 2:5
We complete God's love when we keep His word. We grow in our love for Him when we know we are in Him by obedience.
Are we to love God any less that the Israelites were to love God? It was to us that God sent His Son. They relationshihp that they had was a type, a shadow, of the love He has for us.
We're to love the Lord thy God, the first and greatest commandment.
Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself
The second is like it, to love thy neighbors as thyself.
- Romans 13:8-10
The loving of another, fully applied, fulfills what the law requires. Love is the fulfilling of the law.
- John 13:34-35
The first four of the ten commandments deal with the love of God, and the last six deal with loving of thy neighbors. If one truly loves their neighbor they will not lie, steal, commit adultery and covet.
- John 15:12-13
This is a new commandment, to love one another as Christ loved. The new command is that we love AS Christ loved. It is a higher level of love. No longer do we love one another as ourselves, but rather, AS Christ loved.
This love, the great love of Christ, lays down life for friends. That's what Jesus expects of us, that we are willing to sacrifice in our lives for the benefit of others.
- 2 John 5-6
This is love, that we keep the commandment to love our neighbor. We know we are in God when we obey His word.
- 1 John 5:1-2
Those who are begotten of God are fellow Christians. We are to love both the one who begot the Christians, and love our fellow Christian.
We love by setting the proper example, of obedience.
We develop love for one another by being taught by the love of God.
- 1 Thessalonians 4:9-10
Love, should increase more and more. Love should grow for one another. There is always room to improve.
Jesus by His own example shows us what true love is.
- 1 John 3:16-18
Love is found in deed and in truth. It is not just what we say. If we want to learn how to love one another properly we must look to God and His Son's love.
Two Great Commandments
There is no commandment greater than these two commandments; to love God and to love our neighbor.
- Matthew 22:37-40
- 1 Corinthians 13
- Romans 13:10
- Luke 10:25-28
When we love God with every fiber of our being and practice the golden rule to love our neighbor we are heading in the right direction.
If you want to begin obeing God you can look to Matthew 28:18-20 and Mark 16:15,16 to see the great commission of Christ to see what it is that He would have us to do.
Do you belive that Jesus Christ is the Son of God? Acts 2:35-38 those there showed beleive and asked what to do. Peter told them they needed to repent of their sins, and be baptized for the remission of sins. You too can be saved by doing this, confessing that Jesus, Acts 8, is the Son of God, repenting of sins, and being baptized to have your sins washed away.
As a child of God, you are to focus your life on loving God, and loving others.
If we can help you to come to know the love of God we invite you to contact us so we can study together the truth of the Word.