The Two Great Commandments
“On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
Those coming to silence to Saviour by presenting Him with difficult questions found themselves dumbfounded and convicted by the wisdom and truths He gave. The Pharisees and Sadducees wanted to catch Jesus making an erroneous statement, and one of them, a lawyer, asked the Saviour which is the great commandment in the law. This lawyer thought that Jesus would answer in such a manner that they could discredit Him. However, to their dismay, Jesus didn’t fall to their deceitful questions and instead gave a truthful answer that all the law hangs on two great commandments.
In this discourse with the Saviour, the revelation of the two great commandments is the secret to the believer’s walk of faith. If you obey these two great commandments, you will find yourself in favor with God, experiencing His blessings, triumphs over sin, and seeing victories of faith. Let me share with you these two great commandments and what they mean to you.
The first great commandment is, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.” This commandment deals with your relationship with the LORD. God is saying several things to the believer in this commandment. First, He is telling the believer that there should be no greater love for anything or anyone else. Your greatest love should always be for the LORD thy God. If there is something you love greater than the LORD, it will always be revealed in your desires, efforts, thoughts, and spirit. When the LORD is your greatest love, everything will revolve around Him. When the LORD is your greatest love, you won’t have to include Him in your life; you will have to include your life in your relationship with Him.
Moreover, God is saying in this commandment that He wants your best, not another’s best. This commandment says, “…with all thy…” He didn’t say, “…with all that others have done.” God knows that everyone has a different ability with their heart, soul and mind; therefore, all He asks is that you give all of what you can do. My friend, you are not inferior to what others can do if you are giving your best to the LORD. Just because someone is seemingly capable of doing better than you doesn’t mean that it is better. You must understand that if you are giving your best to the LORD that it is as good as another’s best that seems to be better than yours by the human eye and reasoning. Don’t fall for the trap of thinking that your best is not as good as another’s best. God simply wants your best, and if you are giving the best of your heart, soul and mind, you are obeying the first commandment.
The second great commandment is, “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” In this commandment, God is expecting the believer to treat everyone in the same manner that they would want to be treated. If someone is in need and you can help them, you should do your best to be a help to them. If your relationship with God is right, you will find that this second commandment won’t be difficult to obey because it is a result of obeying the first great commandment.
My friend, you will be able to please the LORD by obeying these two commandments. All you have to do to please the LORD with everything you do is to ask yourself this question; is the LORD pleased with what I have done, and have I done in this matter what I would want others to do for me?