Growing in Depth - July 2018
The Christian life is shaped around loving God and loving our neighbour
Christians believe that love is at the heart of God’s will for our lives – love for God and love for others.
Jesus was once asked to name the greatest commandment. His reply - known as the 'Summary of the Law' - was this:
The first commandment is this:
‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is the only Lord.
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: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’
There is no other commandment greater than these.
On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
Loving God and loving neighbour belong together, and the best, most fruitful life is lived in loving communion with God our Creator, as well as with our fellow human beings.
Our lives need to be shaped in a rhythm of worship and service: love for God and love for others.
‘Lord, you have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you.'