“Which commandment, which word is greatest?” the Pharisees had asked Jesus. His response was love. Love is the greatest commandment. The Pharisees spent a lot of time worrying about the law and often failed to understand that the intent of the law is to love the Lord our God and our neighbors as ourselves. Love sums up the law. The Pharisees failed to understand this.
A woman, who once attended a Bible study that I led, explained to us that she did not worry about how or if she was able to keep every individual commandment. She never focused on what she could not do. She focused on what she could do. She could focus on loving God and sharing God’s love with the people around her because of her love for God. She said that when she focused on loving God and all that he had created, doing no harm to others fell naturally into place. Because the law of love was written upon her heart by God, she had no need to know every written law or to spend needless time worrying whether she was keeping the law or not. She spent her time, loving.
Prayer: O God, grant that the law of love be imprinted upon the hearts of the whole human race. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Judy Mattson, pastor of Zion Lutheran Church in Skanee, MI.