God’s Simple Request: Love

When Jesus was asked what was God’s greatest commandment, He replied, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'"1 As far as God is concerned, love is the supreme virtue. Love is the most important thing.

God doesn’t ask us to be perfect; He doesn’t ask us to be free from mistakes; He doesn’t ask us to do great things that the world will hear of. He just asks us to love others. If we’re filled with His love, we’ll say and do the right things, which will, of course, make God and others and ourselves happy. But if we don’t have love, we won’t be able to please God no matter how hard we try or how many good deeds we do, and we’ll probably not be able to make anyone else happy either, including ourselves.

If you feel you don’t have that kind of love, just ask God to give it to you. There’s no prayer He would rather answer.—S.S.


Let all that you do be done with love.—Apostle Paul2


Where love reigns, there is no need for laws.—Plato

1. Matthew 22:37-39
2. 1 Corinthians 16:14
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