“Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all they soul, and with all thy mind.
This is the first and great commandment.
And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as theyself.
On these two commandments hand all the law and the prophets.”
When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees they decided that they would try and trick him also, but Jesus being far wiser than all of them put together, gave the above answer, silencing them also.
Which is the great commandment? And how can we observe to keep it?
Unfortunately, many people today, as the Pharisees and Sadducees of old, want the commandment to be something big, but of course it consists of only four letters, ‘love.’
This four-letter-word comes with much meaning, yet it is often maligned and wasted. For me a ‘love’ is a verb and if we truly love someone, whether that someone be God or another human being then it is not enough to just tell them that you love them, it is more important that we act in such a way that they know it without asking. Nothing we are asked to do is too much and much of what is required of us is done without asking or without thought.
How can we show God that we love him? By simple acts of compassion and service, by being kind in our thoughts, words and actions and by seeing others as God sees them, as his sons and daughters. It is good to tell people that we ‘love’ them, but it is said, that actions speak louder than words.
What can you do today? This week? To show God that you love him?