g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
News & Politics
Religion & Spirituality
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

Bored? Games!
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

Natural Living
Folklore and Mythology
Distance Learning

All times in EST

Full Schedule
g Christian Living Site

BellaOnline's Christian Living Editor


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?
  • Heart, soul and mind is what makes me, me. Loving Him with my heart, soul and mind is loving with all that I am. This is loving without holding back, without putting up barriers of self-protection.
  • To love someone, I have to know who they are. To know God enough to love Him, Iíll have to read the Bible, more often than on Sunday morning.
  • I will have to make time for quiet time to contemplate Godís word and to pray. I may have to ask God to give me a hunger for His word.
  • Nothing will be more important to me than trusting God and discovering what He wants for me.
  • With every decision I make, I will ask myself, is this godly? Is it loving?
    • I will follow Godís law even when it seems more logical to do something else-like following the crowd.
    • There will be things that I refuse to do even when everybody else is doing it. This may invite ridicule.
    • Sometimes, I may lose money by following the guidelines of the Bible. Iíll still trust Him.
    • Loving God means giving up what I want, for what He wants. It means asking Him to change me and to shape me to want what He wants.

What does it mean to love my neighbor as myself?
  • I would want the same for others as I want for myself.
  • I would eagerly give to those who are less fortunate than I am.
  • I would happily give up my place in line at the grocery store.
  • I would always be understanding and forgiving, when Iím cut off in traffic.
  • I would not judge anyone by what they look like or what they do for a living.
  • I would always consider others more important than myself.
  • I would never hold a grudge or seek revenge for injury.

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.

Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World:
Finding Intimacy With God in the Busyness of Life (Revised Edition with New Bible Study)


Add Two+Rules to Twitter Add Two+Rules to Facebook Add Two+Rules to MySpace Add Two+Rules to Digg Two+Rules Add Two+Rules to Yahoo My Web Add Two+Rules to Google Bookmarks Add Two+Rules to Stumbleupon Add Two+Rules to Reddit


Anxiety and Peace of Mind
Stress Relief - A Lesson From the Bible
What Do I Do About Envy?
Related Articles
Editor's Picks Articles
Top Ten Articles
Previous Features
Site Map

For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Christian Living Newsletter

Past Issues

Printer Friendly
tell friend
Tell a Friend
Email Editor

Content copyright © 2018 by Lynne Chapman. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Lynne Chapman. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Lynne Chapman for details.


g features
Blessed is the Man

Experiencing the Shepherd - Jehovah-Rohi

June Devotion - Father

Archives | Site Map


Past Issues

Note: BellaOnline uses cookies to help provide a consistent user experience. Our advertisers may use cookies to help customize ads. Please contact us with any question about our cookie use.

Summertime Foods
Corn on the Cob
Burgers on the Grill
Apple Pie


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2018 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.

BellaOnline Editor