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By DOUG EDWARDS
The Great Commandment can be found in Mark 12:29-31
A scribe came up to Jesus and asked him: “Which commandment is the most important of all?”
Jesus answered: “The most important is, Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
It is interesting that Jesus answered the scribe’s single question with a double answer. In essence, Jesus said the greatest commandment is to love God and love people. There is no greater commandment than to love God but that love can only be seen in loving people.
You might want to ask, what people? Jesus answered, through the story of the good Samaritan, that “what people” is anyone who needs it. Jesus also told his disciples to love each other the same way he loved them and in such set the standard for what love looks like.
It is easy to say “I love God,” but words without action are of no value. The “words” God hears are when our confessed love for him shows up in the way we treat and care for others. Paul wrote in Romans 13:8, “Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.”
Let me ask you this question, do you love God? If you say yes, then what in your relationships show that to be true? How often do you reach out and bless those you don’t know? You see, love is seen long before it is heard.
Doug Edwards is pastor of First Baptist Church.
Perspectives is a regular column sponsored and written by members of the Ketchikan Ministerial Association.