Reflection: The Greatest Commandment – Love
What is Love? How do we define it? Is love an enabler, supporter, disciplinarian, listener, provider, counselor, trusted advisor, or teacher? What is it? Or is it, depending on the circumstances, any of the above or all?
The most significant commandment is not just a word – LOVE. Sometimes, we use this word too freely without processing the complete understanding of the word. And sometimes this word is used to manipulate and deceive others into shame and guilt. Therefore, I’ll keep my understanding of The Greatest Commandment, because it’s complicated, very simple; however, the work to fully understand it will require loads of effort and focus.
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.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Love God with all your heart, soul and mind. What is the root of this meaning? The phrase means everything, which includes despair, disappointment, happiness, joy, struggle, challenges, etc. – continue to seek and love Him. If you do this, in my opinion and my experience, all the pieces will eventually fall into place. You have to trust Him.
You may lose those toxic relationships and gain loving and supportive relationships. When you study, and exude effort, opportunities may just fall into your lap effortlessly. Addictions will dissipate. The reason is that your focus is loving God with all your heart, soul, and mind. And this is not a Monday-through-Friday deal, where you take the weekend off. Once you try, the fog clears, and you drift into self-awareness. You gain the true understanding of yourself, not from what someone else has conveyed to you. Remember, we’re all unique. What works for one person, may not work for another.
Also, if you will allow, process the second commandment.
“‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
If you don’t love yourself, then how can you love others? At the core of all this, we must revert to the first commandment until the second commandment is feasible. This is the reason why these commandments are essential and will lead to the understanding of all the other commandments with compassion and wisdom.
You were created for a unique purpose. I offer you a refection for 2018 on your Understanding of The Greatest Commandment, which is Love.
During this time, we’re exposing manipulation and deceitfulness. Take this time to explore several verses I’ll post later this month. We all need guidance, protection, kindness, and compassion. Maybe they will be helpful to you at some point in your future endeavors.
Let God Lead and Guide You,