If possible, read the whole chapter to see the full picture of what is happening here.
Then focus on the following section:
34Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. 35One
of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36”Teacher, which is the
greatest commandment in the Law?” 37Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with
all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38This is the first and
greatest commandment. 39And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
40All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
1. The entire law hinges on its central commands to love God and neighbor. All
the law and the prophets spoke was intended to nurture love for God and love
for one’s neighbor. God is to be loved wholeheartedly, which is the greatest
commandment. But this is impossible without the aid of God; hence the words
of Augustine of Hippo, “Give what you command, Lord, and then command
whatever you will”.
2. In what way do you want to grow in love right now: Toward God? Toward those
in my family? Toward the needy? Toward myself? How would you do it? Use the
above prayer of Augustine of Hippo and ask God to help you grow in love in the
specific way shown by the Holy Spirit.
Prayer & Journaling:
On your prayer journal, as you listen to God, write down a few thoughts, questions,
words, names, drawings, or anything that has come to your mind during this time.
Proverbs for Today: Prov 3:27-30
One of the Pharisees asked Jesus which was the greatest commandment.
Jesus named two. Why would it be difficult to fulfill the second commandment
without fulfilling the first one? Verse 39 suggests we cannot love others until
we first love ourselves. Discuss. Ask God to help you to respect yourself in order
that you might love others as you love yourself.