FOUR REASONS TO LOVE GOD AND YOUR NEIGHBOR

People are generally likely to appreciate the connection between loving God and loving their neighbors (Matthew 22:37-40). Yet most of us would have to agree that we tend to focus on one element to the neglect of the other. Those who appreciate the importance of social justice are likely to emphasize the “love your neighbor” aspect. Those who recognize the importance of sound doctrine tend to lean towards the “love God” command. In Jesus’ words, everything God had said up to this point (the Prophets) and every command God had ever given (the Law) hung on these two things: Love God and love your neighbor.