So out of this entire huge rulebook we refer to as the bible, how do know where to start and what is most important? It's easy, we abstract the verses that are highlighted above all other verses in the bible and build from that. Guess which verses stand out the most and are stressed at the highest level? Verses about LOVE.
So what is love? First off, love isn't just this mushy romantic feeling that we may associate it to from watching movies or reading romantic novels or things along those lines, it's about doing what is right for another person because you know it will set them down the path they need to go in life. The warm fuzzy feeling can be an emotion of joy that comes from first doing the act of loving another. Love involves giving, and usually the best thing we can give another is our time. Love is also about allowing others to love you, allowing another to also give.
It's about doing things for someone else with true sincerity out of the goodness of your heart, even if that means accepting it may not be the easiest or most desirable thing to do. God didn't create suffering and evil to get joy from seeing it happen in this world, it wasn't an easy choice He had to make in creating the world - but it was necessary to teach us the lessons to come to the understanding of "good and evil" so that we can be in the likeness of Him.
A parent has to give tough love sometimes to their child. Same with God in our life and even God with his Son Jesus through the suffering on the cross. Love isn't always this great feeling emotion, it's an action word that plays out when you have pure intentions towards another person and care. Learning to care teaches yourself the true meaning of life which comes from building good relationships in your life. With God you give, to get, to ultimately give back. This is a circle that works because of the relationships you build in life that have meaning. God's best gift in our lives is the word LOVE. The bible Fundamentals start with the two GREATEST commandments in the entire playbook which start in the New Testament in Matthew 22:34-40....GREATEST COMMANDMENTS BELOW
"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind."
and second greatest
"You shall love your neighbor as yourself"
"On these two commandments depends all the Law and the Prophets"
So we know that every aspect of the entire bible, everything ever spoken and written down within, was out of Love, to direct us down the correct paths we need to go to fulfill the purpose of life that God decided before the world was even formed. How do we follow the first greatest commandment to Love God with all our hearts? Lets dig into the rulebook further and find out starting with John 14:15 & John 13:34-35.
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments." and
"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples if you have love for one another."
Sir yes Sir Jesus I will obey you! If loving you means obeying your commandments then I will obey. If you work in a job, your boss expects you to follow the rules or you don't reap the benefits of being in good standing with your boss or even worse you get fired. No different with Jesus being our boss. So OBVIOUSLY the first and greatest way to Love God (which is the 1st and great commandment) is to follow the SECOND COMMANDMENT of loving your neighbor as yourself. That is where we get this verse from Galatians 5:14
"For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” or also refered to as the ROYAL LAWin James 2:8 below "If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well."
This isn't that hard of a concept to grasp and it kinda like really makes sense. Let me explain. All the law is fulfilled or depends on loving your neighbor as yourself (treating people correctly with honor in a way God would want you to, which we know from the truth written within our hearts from the Holy Spirit that teaches us and "convicts us of guilt") so to start it really just comes down to treating people the correct way. Guess what, the more you learn to treat people the right way the better they treat you back and the better of person you become which makes you more happy and content with life. Yes you won't always get treated back fairly and sometimes it sucks swallowing your pride and being the bigger person, but you end up getting blessed because of following this great commandment.
Doesn't it make sense that if God did create all these scenarios and different people and personalities that have to go through all sorts of trials and sufferings and different experiences, that the NUMBER ONE GREATEST RULE TO FOLLOW is the Golden Rule in which we treat others the way we would want to be treated? If roles were reversed wouldn't you want that person to be gracious and kind to you? We're pretty fortunate to have a Creator that would teach love or things would be MUCH worse.....GOLDEN RULE BELOW:
Matthew 7:12 - "so whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the law and the prophets."
We don't need to be over complicating things to start, the number one commandment and way to please God is to treat people the right way. Think about it...If God is in everyone then He feels the emotions or understands what that person is dealing with. So when you are a jerk to another person He just experienced that. When someone is a jerk to you, He also experiences that and is not happy with the person who treated you wrongly. It makes sense. That's how you become a servant and great in God's eyes...Love People As if roles we're reversed (doing the best you can is all that matters).