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Two Rules

A Pharisee asked Jesus to name the greatest commandment in the Law. The Pharisees were always concerned with laws. Theyíd classified over 600 laws to govern people. Their laws covered every move and every circumstance.
Jesus answered, ďLove 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.Ē He went on to say that all of Godís laws were covered by this. Matthew 22:34-40

Two rules. This sounds easier than trying to obey or even remember 600 laws-sign me up.

What does it mean to love God with all my heart, soul and mind?

What does it mean to love my neighbor as myself?

It seems that life, in keeping with Godís will, can be navigated by asking two questions.
In every decision in life, at every crossroad, ask; ďHow can this help me to love God more?Ē and ďHow can this help me to love others more?Ē Simpler than remembering the 600 laws of the Pharisees but not so easy, given my tendency to put myself first. The good news is God loves a heart devoted to these two commandments and His Holy Spirit will encourage me to do the right thing. With His help, I can do anything.

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