You Shall Love your Neighbor as Yourself

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Meditation: What is the purpose of God’s law and commandments? The Pharisees prided themselves in the knowledge of the law of Moses and the rutual requirements of the law. They made it a life-time practice to study the 613 precepts of the Torah – the books of the Old Testament containing the Law of Moses – along with numerous rabbinic commentaries on the law. The religious authorities tested Jesus to see if he correctly understood the law as they did. Jesus startled them with his profound simplicity and mastery of the law of God and its purpose.
God’s love rules all – Jesus summarized the whole of the law in two great commandments found in Deuteronomy 6:5 – “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might” – and Leviticus 19:18 – “you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” God’s love directs all that He does – His love is holy, just, and pure because it seeks only what is good, beneficial, and life-giving rather than what is destructive, evil, or deadly. That is why he commands us to love, to accept and to give only what is good, lovely, just, and pure and to reject whatever is contrary.
“Lord Jesus, your love surpasses all. Flood my heart with your love and increase my faith and hope in your promises. Help me to give myself in generous service to others as you have so generously given yourself to me.”

from www.dailyscripture.net, author Don Schwager