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Thursday, 16 January 2014

The First and Second Greatest Commandments

So this week I've been thinking about what I should put up as my blog for the week and the first thought that came into my mind was the first and second greatest commandments. This has been one of my favourite things to talk about because I feel this is important for me to know. In St. Matthew 22:36-40 which says:

36. Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

37. Jesus Said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord they God with all thy heart, and with all they soul, and with all thy mind.

38. This is the first and great commandment.

39. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love they neighbour as thyself.

40. On these two commandments hand all the law and the prophets.

What I find to be the command thread between the first and the second greatest commandments is how it talks about love. Love is something so powerful that there isn't enough words that can put it into it's description but it is something that we all know and cherish. The way we show our love for God and for Jesus Christ is by living the commandments so that we can draw closer to them. As we strive to show our love for God by living his commandments we will feel the love that he has for us.

An object lesson that I really like to use with this is with three simple things the scriptures, a ring, and a torch (flash light).  Imagine us as the ring as we focus our lives in the centre of the Gospel (Place the ring in the opened scriptures to Matthew 22: 36-40) can show our love for God as we live and follow his commandments. Each of us have a light of Christ (the torch or flash light) and when we shine that light on us while we are centred in the scriptures we will find that we show our love (or a heart shadow) will form as we centre our lives in the Gospel. Try this little object lesson and share it with others so that they too can feel God's love as we are living his commandments.

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