Today’s Reading | Matthew 22
Why did the Pharisees ask Jesus the question you find in verse 35? Did they really want to know the answer? Regardless of their motives, Jesus’ answer gives a significant truth of Scripture. It reveals to us the two most important expectations God has for our lives. Jesus says that the greatest command in the Bible is to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul and mind. He then says that the second command is like it. This means that it is just as important as the first one. It is to love others as ourselves. Why is this true? According to verse 40, it’s because all of the law hangs on these two principles. In other words, if you violate any command in Scripture, you reveal that you do not love God or your neighbor properly. All of God’s expectations are built on these two commands. Are you doing well in these two areas? Is the motivation of your heart, soul and mind, your love for God? Is your love for others demonstrated in your daily living? What have your done this week to demonstrate your love in these two areas? Use the sheet to the left to help examine yourself.
What evidences that you love God with all your heart, soul and mind?
What evidences that you love your neighbor as yourself?
What can you do to grow in your love for God and people?
In light of this passage, what personal commitment can you make?