When asked what the greatest commandment was, Jesus responded “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
What He said is Truth. The common denominator in both of these commandments is love. First of all, you must love The Creator, He is the source of love and all that is good and second, being His creation, you must love all of His creations because we are all of His children.
Because these two commandments are not obeyed, we can see the fruits of all of this. The world today is full of selfishness, greed, hate, you name it, everything else besides love. I mean, we may have love for our family members or we may have love for our friends but that’s about it. There is no love in the workplace, there is no love on the streets, there is no love in the schools, there is no love in the churches, temples, mosques you name it. There is no love.
Love is a game changer. When you are in love, everything is different. The world is a different place and you feel as if you can conquer it. If people loved each other, no one would try to cut your throat in the workplace. If people loved each other, there would be no need for law enforcement, there wouldn’t be abuse of any kind, and no one would want to go to war with one another. Let’s face it, the world would have been very peaceful and everyone would have lived in harmony.
It is very disheartening to see that people who live inside of religious institutions are the ones who have the least amount of love in their hearts. They cause chaos and dissension and then wonder why people are leaving the churches in droves, especially young people.
These days, if you are talking the talk and not walking the walk, no one, especially young people would be willing to follow the teachings of the church.
People need to remember that Jesus didn’t just talk the talk, He walked the walk hence the reason we have that saying ‘what would Jesus do’.
It’s very simple but very effective because that is how we must think at times before we decide to do the things that we do for our own selfish desires. The choices we make affect others and affect everything. People don’t seem to realise that we are all part of a system, which is the world. Every living creature needs each other to survive as everything was placed here for a purpose.
But again, greed blinds everyone to have what they want without worrying about the consequences. I sincerely hope that people realise that we all have to die. There are no ifs, buts or maybes about that and when we do and we go back to our Maker, what are we going to tell him? How are we going to explain why we didn’t love him and why we didn’t love our neighbours? Because to summarise what Jesus told us is that without love, everything falls apart.