The Way and the Truth and the Life


Love is the self-emptying path we’re all called to follow.

(Listen to my song “Love God” on YouTube by clicking HERE)


Mark 12:30-31

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'”


This scripture passage is the keystone of Christianity.

Jesus gave this reply when asked to specify the most important commandment.

Notice he did not give a list of rules and regulations.

Basically…Jesus said that Love is the bottom line.

This kind of love calls each us to change and be transformed.

And this transformation is not just a one-time thing.

It’ll be continuous since there is no way any of us in our humanness can reach the perfection of Love that is God.

Jesus underlined the height and depth of transformation required when he also commanded us to love our enemies (Matthew 5:44; Luke 6:27).

How does your logical mind deal with that one?

Jesus is calling each of us into a new way of thinking…one of non-duality that transcends the binary “either-or” thinking of the mind…to a “both-and” way of perceiving that is able to accept what is without separating or excluding.

This is the only way capable of compassion.

To love in this manner, instead of asking another person to change, I must ask myself to.


Listen to the song of the day “Love God” on the Live to Love album by clicking HERE.

Stream and/or purchase my songs on iTunes by clicking HERE.

Remember…God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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2 Responses to The Way and the Truth and the Life

  1. ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ That is a very powerful statement, much deeper when you think about it. I struggle with depression and anxiety. I have noticed when I am depressed and feel down on myself or angry with myself, I treat others just as harshly as I treat myself. But when I focus on God and fight my depression and feel good about myself, I notice I treat others with the same respect.

    Another good thing to do if you are struggling and feeling bad about yourself is to reverse the said statement, Love your neighbor in order to love yourself. I have been in a funk and God gave me the opportunity to help someone other than myself and my entire outlook changed.

    People ask what is our purpose here? It’s simple. Love. Love is the answer to it all.

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