The Greatest Commandment Isn’t Good News

When Jesus was asked what the foremost commandment is, He replied, …

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).

This isn’t good news, because, the great reality of our lives is that none of us love God with the passion and fervor that He requires of us. None of us are even close to loving Him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. The same is true of the second. We are all too self-centered to love our neighbor as ourselves.

It only gets worse when you realize that the greatest sin is to break the greatest commandment.

The greatest commandment may not be good news, but it will lead us to the good news. We are all great sinners, in need of a Savior. The good news is that Jesus Christ is our Savior (Titus 3:4-7). We simply need to believe on Him.

 

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