Love the Lord and Love Your Neighbor as Yourself

In the study of Luke 10:25-42, we are given the law’s requirements for eternal life. To love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, love your neighbor as yourself (v. 27).

In Luke 10:25-37, Jesus answers the question gets this question “who is my neighbor”? This question comes from an expert in the law and Jesus answers with The Parable of the Good Samaritan. Jesus explains that our neighbor is anyone we can be concerned for, take care of, or have mercy for. It may be someone that we can provide information to, invite to church, or just be kind to like putting out their trash when they go out of town. It may be to help when they are going through grief, encouragement when facing rough times, or in need of prayer during sickness.

In Luke 10:38-42, we get the account of a woman named Martha who opened her home to Jesus and His disciples. Her sister named Mary put all of her attention on Jesus. Martha was disturbed because Mary was not helping prepare the meal and even asked Jesus to discipline her but Jesus pointed out that Mary was doing what was most important.

God is most pleased when we set aside our own interest and put our total focus on the one thing that is most important. Sometimes we get too busy and forget that the most important activity is to study God’s Word and pray. So loving the Lord is first and then love your neighbor is next.

So the law’s requirements are to love the Lord and to love our neighbor as ourselves. Each situation in life requires decisions and one of those situations is knowing how to balance worship and service. This Day with You Lord, we ask for your guidance as we seek this balance in our life. To put you first as we worship You and second, that the Spirit nudges us when there is a need for kindness in loving our neighbor as ourselves.

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About Mark Shields

Mark volunteers as a member of the media ministry team at his church. A few years ago, he started an on-line Bible study guide called “This Day with God Devotional”. He uses this as a tool in his journey through the Bible. We live in a very busy world with busy schedules so this tool has helped him continue with daily Bible reading and study. Each of the studies are designed to help apply our faith in the work place, at school, or at home. Join him on this journey or check in every so often to read his thoughts.
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4 Responses to Love the Lord and Love Your Neighbor as Yourself

  1. Dear brother in Christ, Mark.
    What a timely!! I just posted my post few minutes ago which talk about Love and you wrote similar topic. Well, shall I relate your post to mine? It is so good if my reader could read another good source from other good blog. Thank you for your beautiful post 🙂 Much blessings to you.

  2. Pingback: Crazy Thing Called…LOVE | Karina's Thought

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