With all the talk going on about the Ten Commandments let’s look instead at what Jesus called the greatest commandment.Matt 22:37 is the reference to Duet 6:5, And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul and with all thy might. Why is it called the greatest? What does it mean to love God with everything you’ve got? Let’s compare it to how a mountaineer would look at the summit of a mountain. It would take all his focus, and effort, and stamina to attempt the climb. Similarly, loving God isn’t a natural emotion or desire for humans, but it’s in the attempt that the blessings for those who persevere are made manifest. Loving God is the foundational touchstone in a Christian’s behavior. To this we can add Matt 22:39-40, And the second is like unto it, thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. That’s quite a statement, that all Christian motives are based on either loving God or loving your neighbor. Those two imperatives are to be the catalyst for all our words and actions, for Christianity should basically be a giving religion, giving time, money, and self, because of our love. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it. (Eph 5:25) and v. 28, So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife, loveth himself. With the divorce rate among Christians higher than the National average I wonder if these verses are even taught anymore. How many times has the testimony of a believer been dismissed because unseemly revelations have sprung up about his marriage or home life? The unity of marriage is too often exploited and disposed of because love for self reigns over love for one’s partner. Unfortunately that love of self rears it’s head in many churches also, despite Scripture’s admonition, We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. (I John 3:14) There are churches with intrigues enough that would make you think they were following a script from Hollywood. By the inference of these verses, what do you think should be the watchword of today’s Christianity? For
this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. (I John 3:11) Christians are called to love. Are you living up to your calling?