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“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” Dalai Lama

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Matthew 22:35-40

One of them [a scholar of the law] tested him by asking, “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” Jesus said to him, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.”

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The religious leaders really did not like the way Jesus leveled the playing field to include all the outcasts.

Jesus reached out to those whom the law deemed unclean.

The religious leaders in today’s passage are more concerned with keeping the letter of the law than they are about compassion.

As a matter of fact, observing the letter of the law has no concern with compassion.

It’s very black and white and eitheror.

That’s not a good way to live your life since life will lead you into all kinds of gray areas.

Jesus tells the scholar of the law that love is the greatest commandment: Love God and your neighbor as yourself.

Jesus says the whole law and the prophets depend on this.

Love must be a Christian’s very foundation.

This is where our actions should be rooted.

They should be spawned out of love.

Love is hardly love without actions to demonstrate it.

Each of us needs to ask ourselves: Is love the main motivation for my words, actions, politicseverything?

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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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