Matthew 22:36-40 – A Balance

Matthew 22:36-40                                                                              1

36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

A class at SEBTS teaches, “We are called to both the vertical and horizontal injunctions simultaneously, however, we can often become lopsided in our pursuit.”

It is certainly possible to become lopsided in our pursuit of fulfilling the Great Commandment. However, God commands that we love Him, as well as those in our community.  This extension of love both vertically and horizontally can be seen by observing the life of Christ. We see it in His obedience and in His desire to fulfill the Father’s will. But it can also be seen in His constant desire to save, to heal, and to help those most in need.

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