It’s All About Your Neighbor
Key Scripture: Mark 12:28-31
And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” 29 Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 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.’ 31 The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
Summary: There can be no separation between loving God and loving others. Our love for God is expressed in our love for our neighbor.
Why do we need to talk about this?
1. The Church is missing the mark when it comes to loving others.
(John 13:35) By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.
2. Our knowledge of loving our neighbor far exceeds our obedience to the command to love our neighbor.
(1 Corinthians 13:1-2) If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
3. In failing to love our neighbor, we miss out on the joy of taking part in the redemption story of Christ.