MATTHEW 22: 34-40
34 But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. 35 Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” 37 Jesus said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
Loving God is the foundational commandment given to us through scripture. The heart’s position in the body yields an obvious metaphor as the center of our body. As beings transformed by grace, our desire to worship is the center of who we are as a church.
Loving our neighbor as ourselves is counter to culture. Following the model of Christ to love one another means loving without conditions. Jesus states the world will know Him by our love for one another (John 13:35).
True disciples will continue to discover the greatest relationship ever created. As passionate followers of Christ, we will continue to bring others along the journey with us as we live out the great commission (Matt. 28:18-20).