Mark 12:32-33 – And the scribe said to him, “You are right teacher, Teacher.  You have truly said that he is one, and there is no other besides him.  And to love him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.

Observation –  

Jesus answers a question from a scribe as to what is the greatest commandment.  In his response, this scribe understands what Jesus is saying about how to love the one true God.  He understands to love God with all heart, mind and passionately!  He also understood to love others as much as we love ourselves.  These two commandments are far greater than religious ritual.

 

Application

Love God and love others is a great summation of how we are to live!  If we are loving God we are following Him.  If we are loving others we are not going to be jealous, have animosity or malice towards them. We are going to love them to let them see/hear the gospel in and through us. This is not accomplished by religious practice or even merely church attendance.  This love is only by heart change when we first receive the love of Christ and in turn share it with others.  We are to be humble before God, but be passionate in our pursuit and representation of Him!

Prayer

Father,

Thank you for your love you have for me first in sending Jesus to pay for my sins so I can have a relationship with you.  Let the power of the Holy Spirit lead me to love you, love others and live a life to honor you.