“Jesus answered, The first and principal one of all commands is: Hear, O Israel, The Lord our God is one Lord; and you shall love the Lord your God out of and with your whole heart and out of and with all your soul (your life) and out of and with all your mind (your faculty of thought and your moral understanding) and out of and with all your strength. This is the first and principal commandment.
The second is like it and is this, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:29-31)
“These two commandments sum up and upon them depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22;40)
“For whosoever keeps the Law as a whole but stumbles and offends in one single instance has become guilty of breaking all of it.” (James 2:10)
The Book of the Laws that God gave to Moses on Mount Sinai are very detailed–and that is an understatement. The Law covers every conceivable event that human beings can encounter. It covers health habits, sexuality and marriage, litigation rights…the list goes on and on. It started with the big ten and spreads out from there.
Jesus said that the first and foremost command is to LOVE God and then the second is the LOVE others like you do yourself. The entire Law is summed up in these two commandments. The Word further states that if you are trying to keep each one of the laws and break one you are guilty of all. Jesus made it real simple to keep the whole Law. Obey the Law of Love and we will be able to keep all the Law.
How does this translate into today’s world? Just look around and you can see that the world is woefully short on love. Love is the very foundation of Christianity. We are to show the world the love of God through our words and our actions. Our “lights” are the reflection of His love towards the lost world.
So what happens when we fail to love? We give Satan legal access into our lives because when we fail to love, we are breaking the Law in every part. When we seek our own good and step on someone else to fulfill our own desires, that is not fulfilling the Law of Love and that is opening up a world of trouble!
Jesus came to fulfill the Law and He gave us a new and better covenant that the foundation is first, to love God and then to love everyone else. If you have failed to love, then repent and ask for forgiveness. Repentance wipes the slate clean and gives you a new start. If you’ve hurt someone, apologize to them if necessary or if someone has hurt you, forgive them and move on.
There is nothing more important than your relationship with the Lord. There is no human relationship or job or project or anything more important than your eternity. Take some time today and ask Him to help you get back on track with Him. Failing to love brings a separation between you and God–don’t let it happen.