Matthew 22:36-40

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

We need to make distinction between the Great Commission (Matt. 28:19-20) and the Great Commandments (Matt. 22:36-40). The Great Commandments are the goals and the Great Commission is the means to achieve the goals. Some believers, however, are committed to implement the Lord’s Great Commission, but tend to ignore obeying the Great Commandments. Many believers are concerned with loving their God, but are neglectful in loving their neighbors. Like the priest and the Levi in the Parable of the Good Samaritan, believers are faithful in the church ministry in their love to God, but ignore their social responsibility of loving their suffering neighbors. We must remember what the Apostle John said, “For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen” (1 John 4:20).

Galatians 5:14

“The entire law is summed up in a single command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'”

James 2:8

“If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture,  “Love your neighbor as yourself,”[a] you are doing right.”

Both the Apostle Paul and the Apostle James emphasized the “Love your neighbor as yourself” is the summary of the whole Bible and the royal law found in the Bible. Jesu himself said, ” I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me” (Matt. 25:40) and “I tell you truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me” (Matt. 25:45). Whatever we do for our brothers and sisters in Christ is what we do to our God.

My family and I are committed to obey the Lord’s Great Commandments by loving our neighbors as ourselves in word and deed. Our passion, commitment, and sacrifice in implementing the Lord’s Great Commission are also to practice the Lord’s Great Commandments. We hope and pray that others also will join us in loving our neighbors by giving their time, resources, and efforts.