“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’” (verses 37-39)
Have you ever heard a person say – or perhaps, have you ever said, “My faith is a personal thing?” In other words, it’s between me and God, and doesn’t really concern anyone else. Truth be known, the Bible teaches a person’s spiritually is NOT an exclusively private matter” – and I think the text under consideration proves as much. Loving your fellowman is as important as your love for the Heavenly Father.
Some might say, “Isn’t the matter of ‘loving your neighbor’ the number two commandment?” As such, it wouldn’t be as important as the first. If you have the time and energy, have at it! In actuality, a person’s relationship with God is inseparably connected to one’s relationship with others.
I John 3:23 says that “we must believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as he commanded us.” One chapter later John writes that we should “love each other because he loved us first.”
(I John 4:19). Also see Romans 13:9 and James 2:8.
- Robert Mulholland Jr. in his book, SHAPED BY THE WORD, rightly suggests, “If our spiritual journey is a process of being conformed to the image of Christ, then the journey should bring us to greater and greater Christ-likeness in our (relationships) with others.”
Love God – and equally so, love your fellowman.