Words from the Heart for Thursday January 23rd, 2020
And the second [commandment] is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.
Matthew 22:39-40 (NIV)
The Second Commandment
Canada has three foundational principles in our Constitution: peace, order and good government. The peace idea is strongly supported by a law in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. In Charlottetown, anyone who knocks on a door or rings a doorbell with the intention of irritating someone inside is breaking the law. So, when you travel to the gorgeous island, make sure that you are doing your part to help the residents enjoy your presence as opposed to resenting it.
The Christian faith is holistic. While some view Christians as “pie in the sky by and by” kind of people, in fact we are people whose faith grounds us and helps us to live in peace with those around us. While the greatest of the commandments is to love God with our entire minds, souls and hearts, the second commandment Jesus said has to do with how we relate to other human beings. Matthew 22:39-40 says, “And the second [commandment] is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” This ties in with the Ten Commandments that the Lord gave to Moses. The first four deal with our relationship with God and the last six have to do with our dealings with people. The horizontal and vertical relationships go hand in hand. We can’t truly love others as we ought, until we love our Creator God through faith in Jesus Christ. And we can’t truly love God if we don’t love others as ourselves. How is your love for God evident in your relationship with others? And how is your relationship with others proving your love for God?
These have been words from the heart.