What is really important in life? What do you really want to accomplish? God has allowed me to see that what He wants from me are two things: love, and love.

The Pharisees of Jesus’ time were a nasty lot of hypocrites, who used religion to further their own interests. Hoping to discredit Christ, they once asked Him which of the Ten Commandments was the greatest. Jesus answered that the greatest commandment is to love the Lord God with all of one’s heart, soul, mind and strength; and that the second was like the first: to love one’s neighbor as oneself. Jesus went on to say that on these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.

What an amazing statement! The Law and the Prophets were the entirety of Scripture at that time, and Jesus so boldly summed all of it up in two basic commands: love God, and love others.

If there were ever words to live by, let these be the ones. I’m constantly praying for strength to allow these to be the ruling principles of my life.