Over the years I have found a clarifying question to all types of situations regarding one’s behavior. Here’s the question: “What’s the loving thing to do?”
When children are in conflict with each other, this question always brings the issue into focus. When those in the church are seeking to know what to do in a given situation, this question often helps to shed light on the plan of action. This is the question that the religious leaders of Jesus’ day would have done well to ask. Instead, they focused their attention on strict obedience to the law and ended up attacking Jesus for loving people on the Sabbath (Mark 2:23-3:6).
It’s no wonder that this question is so clarifying. When Jesus was asked what commandment is the foremost of all, He said, …
The foremost is, “Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is one Lord; 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” (Mark 12:29-30).