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What If? The Blog

Love Is All You Need

Mary Vinson

Today's Reading - Mark 12: 28-34

I honestly don’t know if any of the Beatles returned to Christianity, but they seem to get it right in their song, “All You Need is Love”.  Penned by John Lennon and credited to Paul and John,

All you need is Love
All you need is Love
All you need is Love, Love
Love is all you Need.

By the time of Jesus, the Jews had accumulated hundreds of laws, 613 by one count.  248 Do’s and 365 don’ts.  Do this, Don’t do that.   Some leaders tried to distinguish between major laws and minor laws, while some said all were equally binding.   In Mark 12:28, one of the teachers of the law asked Jesus “Of all the commandments, which is the most important”.  Jesus responds with two commandments, one from Deuteronomy 6:5, and one from Leviticus 19:18. 

“Love God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength”  (Det)  and

“Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people , but love your neighbor as yourself.  I am the Lord” (Lev)

Jesus’s response both had to do with love.  Why?    When you love God completely and care about others as much as you care about yourself, you have fulfilled all of the 10 commandments. When you do these two things, everything else will fall into place . In reality, God’s laws are not burdensome. They can be boiled down to two simple principles.  Loving God and loving others.

All You Need is Love, Love is All You Need!

Do you love God with everything you have?

Do you love others as much as you love yourself?

What disciplines can you start today that will help you with these two love commandments?

Ok put down the Bible and live this week like it was the last!

by Mary Vinson

Editor's Note: If you are following our reading schedule, today's blog actually considers the scripture you studied yesterday. We will be back on course tomorrow. 

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