The Greatest Biblical Commandments Speak Of Love Essay

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The two greatest biblical commandments speak of love. Jesus said:
‘AND YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH.’ The second is this, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ There is no other commandment greater than these (New American Standard Bible, Mark.30-31).
When self is cold, self gets a blanket. When self is hungry, self eats. And Jesus calls everyone to love their neighbor the same as themselves. Neighbors do not only reside next door; Neighbors include the addict, the enemy. the entitled one, the selfish, the destitute, and the beggar. It is natural, and quite often easy, for one to love his or her own parents, children, and family because of the genetic identity that is shared. Humans often love their own friends because they elected and specifically chose who would be included in their lives, and not usually out of duty or obligation. It is much more difficult to love mankind in general. It is a challenge to love the entire human race, especially the unloveable, yet it is the most gratifying love that exists. When one is a recipient of this type agape love, he or she has a natural tendency and desire to share that love with others. This kind of radical love is contagious and spreads quickly. It is a force that cannot be contained. This kind of love transforms communities, breaks down barriers of hate and discord. Even if one does not believe that Jesus is God,…

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