“All” Is The Key. The first of the two great commands that cover all of the commands is, “Love the Lord your God with all…
Though the salvation of a true believer lies not in keeping the commands, a true believer is doing all he can to learn the Way, Truth and Life of God. As learned, a true believer does all he can to live within what he has learned.
Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Jesus reveals the character of God for us to live within and to reproduce.
Jesus lived on earth to reproduce the character of His Father within His true followers. He gave up his life in many ways to do this. He loved them all the way. In doing so, he loved His father all the way.
One who loves God lays down the pursuit of his life so that he can receive and learn from Jesus, and reproduce in his neighbor what he has received.
The greatest love that you can have for God is to give up all of your life for serving God and neighbor. Not as in suicide, but to give up all distraction that prevents one from seeking and serving our Lord Jesus Christ and our neighbor.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength…Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”Jesus – Mark 12:30,31
“No one has greater love than the one who gives his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command.”Jesus – John 15:13,14
Whoever wills to come after me-let him disown himself, take-up his cross, and follow me. For if you might desire to save your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and the sake of the good news, you will save it.Jesus – Mark 8:34,35
In Matthew 19:16-30, Jesus speaks to those who believe being good enough will get them through the door into perfection on judgment day. Jesus turns the false assumption away to show that only by loving God and neighbor with self-sacrificing love can Gods perfection be applied to a man.
There are many forms of love. The kind we must have for God is that which gives up pursuit of self-interest for the pursuit of what will benefit God and neighbor, even at the cost of suffering or death. This is the greatest kind of love. And, though seemingly contrary, the greatest kind of life.