Jesus Christ said in Luke 10:27, “So he answered and said, “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.“
He had explained earlier in verse 26 of the same chapter that “What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?”
Jesus was responding to a question asked by a lawyer, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”
The ten commandments are a summary of the laws given to the Children of Israel and “love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbour as yourself is a summary of the ten commandments.
In short, “love your God and your neighbour” is a summary of all the laws of God. Very simple, right?
Jesus Christ could have said “fear God and love your neighbour.”
Unless some bible scholars discover that using the same word, “love” to describe both our relationship with God and our neighbours is a poor translation I will submit that Jesus Christ wants us to have the same feelings we have for God for our neighbours.
But do we feel about our neighbours the same way we feel about God?
For a lot of Christians, “loving” God is not a problem. They try to do good, they go to church, serve in church and pay their tithes. A lot of Christians even revere their pastors and other church elders because they see them as God’s representatives.
Honestly, that’s all well and good. The question really is, how do you treat fellow human beings? How much consideration do you have for people who need your help? How do you treat members of your family?
James 2:19 says, “You believe there’s one God. You do well. Even demons believe and tremble!
According to James, it’s not simply good enough to live your life acknowledging that there is a God because even demons know God exists and we all know where demons are going to end up.
The bible says in 1 John 4:20, If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?
It couldn’t be put better than John put it.
No man has ever seen God before so how can you demonstrate any form of love for someone you have never seen before if you can’t love the ones you see?