The Greatest Commandment

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Mark 12:28-31 — The Scribes: Which Is the First Commandment of All?

28 Then one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, perceiving that He had answered them well, asked Him, “Which is the first commandment of all?”

29 Jesus answered him, “The first of all the commandments is: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. 31 And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

Friends, we need to remember to love our neighbor. Not just when its convenient for us, but always. Whether it’s the CEO who is too busy to say “hi”, or the homeless person who is always begging for money, or the jerk who doesn’t know when to shut up – we need to give love to them all.

Life is not a dress rehearsal. We only get one shot at this and we’ve got to get it right or we’re doomed for eternity. Love the Lord first. And let him help you love your neighbors.

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