Trying to tempt Jesus the Pharisees asked Him this question.
“Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 22:36-40)
Although believers in Jesus Christ are not under the law, without these two commandments we would not be saved. When we trusted Christ as our personal Lord and Savior, we repented of our sins, and chose to “…love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.” Our allegiance was now to Jesus who died for our sins, was buried, three days later rose from the grave, and ascended to heaven. We now love and serve Him.
Jesus is our example on how to love others. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8) Jesus paid the sin debt for you and me. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16) He secured our everlasting life through His willingness to bear our punishment Himself. That is true love.
We cannot die on the cross for others sins, but we can explain to them about the love Jesus has for them. How they need to receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
We also must lives that exemplify our love for our Savior Jesus. Living above the world, doing things that honor God, and do it with every fiber of our being.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001