Mark 12:29-31 NIV 2011
“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
Jesus’ reply to the question of one of the teachers of the law was pointed and true. He quoted Deuteronomy 6:4-5 which were the words the Lord God gave Moses. It was called the Shema by the Jews of the day. Pious Jews recited it every morning and evening. Loving the Lord was the model Christians were to follow when interacting with others. One commentator wrote, “Rabbi Hillel, a contemporary of Jesus, also stated that all the commandments are summarized in the call to love.” Shining Christ-like love to others reflects Jesus.
Jesus’ words in this Scripture will pierce the heart of most readers, me included. Being able to love others with Christ-like love does not come easy. Those irregular people in my life have caused me angst in the past. Spending time in God’s Word daily keeps my focus on Him and less on me. We’re never asked to be perfect but rather to be perfectly content knowing He loves us. His love leads me to reflect Jesus and love others.
How are we reflecting Christ-like love?
Jesus loves us,