The Root of the Law

At the base of the formidable tower that is the Law is inscribed these two, Love God and Love your Neighbor. The first is featured prominently, the second, somewhat obscure. The first is found early in Deuteronomy as a command laid upon all Israel. The second is situated in the middle of Leviticus as something of a commentary on relations with your neighbor.

Yet, these are the two that Jesus cites as the foundation of the rest of the Law. And the more you think about, His legal insight is exquisite. Everything we do here on earth really falls into one of these two areas. It’s a given that we know what love is (and may I remind you that the definition of ”love” has never been under more attack than today) and it’s also a given that we know what it means to love ourselves. With families breaking down everywhere, it’s harder to define from our hearts what love is.

Today, practice love. Practice this kind of love. Love with all your heart, soul and mind, and with all your strength. May God bless you work today.

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I've been in ministry in the Christian Churches/ Churches of Christ for 20+ years. Finished my doctorate in Biblical Studies in 2015. Serve today as a Hospital Chaplain.

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