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 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. 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 and get joy from seeing Himself superior, it wasn't an easy choice He had to make to allow evil as it has been allowed, as a final decision in the way things are now. When God created Noah and said through old testament word ‘and then I was disappointed,’ He allowed Himself in that moment to feel the emotion of that exact point in time of earth playout, though spoke through initial design plans ‘included or not a scene.’ 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, and in retrospect from eternity to come we have more things to grasp and appreciate. The nature of Jesus who quickly became to his full awareness, is the memory we need to know what love is.
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 about their spiritual state and future life state. 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 and be at peace with servanthood (which is just following the two great commandments). Building relationships in life with a deeper meaning matters; love must be a component at all times. God's best gift in our lives is the word LOVE.
"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? Let’s dig further into the book starting with John 14:15 & John 13:34-35.
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments."
"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."
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 than how Jesus will always be a notch above the rest (though will make gains and friend status, we must remember the visuals of Jesus (see picture) that were explained from visons of the past & Isaiah 42:8). So to obey the first commandment is to choose decisions to always please God that you can’t not do, and the greatest way to Love God 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 referred to as the ROYAL LAW in 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."
How everything is summarized or umbrellaed under two verses amongst a thousand page document isn’t as hard of a concept to grasp as we tend to make it out to be.Let me explain. All the law is fulfilled by following a daily code of loving your neighbor as yourself; aka treating people correctly with honor in a way God would want you to, which we know from the truth written within our hearts, given to us by the Holy Spirit that teaches us proper spiritual reaction to others and ‘convicts us of guilt.’) It really comes down to doing your best and treating others the correct way.
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 over complicating things, the number one commandment and way to please God is to love your neighbor. Think about it, if God is in everyone then He feels the emotions or understands what a person is dealing with. So when you are a jerk to another person He just experienced that, but more so He knows the exact affect.This is how to become a servant of God, that we the saints must always adhere to, to be great in God's eyes.Love people as if roles we're reversed utilizing your experience and knowledge doing the best you can.