The Main Commandment

Our mes­sa­ge to you is about love, which the Main Com­man­dment tea­ches.

 

The Main Com­man­dment has two parts:

“You shall love the LORD your GOD

with all your heart,

with all your soul,

with all your mind

and with all your strength!”

 

This is the first Com­man­dment. But the second is like to this:

“You shall love your neigh­bour as yours­elf!”

 

 

Both the­se parts tog­e­ther, then, are the Main Com­man­dment. So we are to keep and ful­fil both parts.

Moun­tain Cross

If they taught you only the love of neigh­bour, then the full­ness of the Main Com­man­dment accord­ing to the divi­ne tea­ching would not be preached to you. Neit­her is this the case if they told or taught you only the first part. For in this way sec­ts gene­ral­ly act preaching only parts of CHRIST’s tea­ching exac­t­ly as it fits in with their plans.

Espe­ci­al­ly with the Main Com­man­dment this has been hap­pe­ning for a long time not only on the part of the sec­ts but near­ly in the who­le Offi­ci­al Church. No man can claim to live up to the love desi­red of GOD if he prac­ti­ses only part of the Main Com­man­dment.

What do peop­le miss out on! Becau­se he who loves GOD who­lehe­ar­ted­ly will be fil­led by GOD with count­less bles­sings and tokens of affec­tion. This in turn enkind­les in man the desi­re to love and give GOD more and more.

And it is here that the second part of the Main Com­man­dment comes to man’s aid, becau­se (as it says in Sacred Scrip­tu­re) the SAVIOUR Him­s­elf did assu­re: “As long as you did it to one of the­se My least brethren, you did it to Me.” And inde­ed, this pro­mi­se of JESUS is a real sheet anchor for anyo­ne who loves GOD with a glo­wing heart. For he would be con­su­med, could he not return the­se tokens of GOD’s love as far as he is able. And here he has the oppor­tu­ni­ty: he prac­ti­ses the love of neigh­bour! He is lucky enough to know that he does it to the LORD Him­s­elf. You see, and the­re­fo­re the love of neigh­bour is the second part of the Main Command­ment, which makes the first part (the love of GOD) com­ple­te. This, and only this alo­ne, is the Main Com­man­dment! The Main Com­mandment of each Chris­ti­an faith­ful! Ever­ything else is incom­ple­te!

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