The first commandment given by Jesus in Matthew 22: 37 reads, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your mind” and then in verse 39 He gives the second commandment, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself”. Then Jesus concludes that ‘all the law hangs on these two commandments’. In other words if you fulfill these two, you will have fulfilled all the law. How much simpler could it be?

 

Jesus brought new light and truth, a simple gospel that all could understand. He brought a way of salvation that anyone could accept and live and all we have to do is love God and our neighbor as our self. When Jesus came to this earth the Pharisees and established religion had literally thousands of rules, laws, guidelines and principles to live by, all of which, if violated, could condemn a person. Has anything really changed today? Has man finally come to understand that we are to love God and our neighbor and in doing so we will be a part of His true invisible church and be saved in the end? For the most part, WE HAVE NOT, and evidence of that is that there are thousands of different denominations, all with different doctrines, rules and requirements that are supposed to lead us to the Lord.

 

While it is very easy for someone to say to others and even themselves that they love God and their neighbor, it is quite another to feel it in their heart and live it. We must ask ourselves ‘how many of the 24 hours in the day, real time, do we spend with the Lord as opposed to making a living or enjoying the various pleasures of life?’ or ‘What have we done today, specifically, for someone other than ourselves?’ The Lord knows the answer to these questions; we must be honest with ourselves and ponder them also.

 

Jesus said, “The truth shall make you free.” The true child of God, as he embraces the simplicity of the gospel is released from the bondage of thousands of man-made rules and answers to only one authority and he is free “INDEED”.

 

In this world of toil and sorrow,

Many hearts are full of care;

Let us live to serve our master,

And each other’s burdens bear . . . (Love Each Other)