by Bryan J. Neva, Sr.
Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans.
Jesus said in Matthew 22:37-40 "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments." This is the law of love that Jesus commanded for those who want to cooperate with God's Will. This law of love is described in detail in Matthew 5, 6, and 7, and it makes the practical connection between the written moral law or the 10 Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17, Deuteronomy 5:6-21, Deuteronomy 11:26-28) and loving God and others.
The Apostle Paul in I Corinthians 13 explained this law of love further by writing, "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails."
Matthew 19:16-22 reads, “And behold, one came up to him, saying, ‘Teacher, what good deeds must I do, to have eternal life?’ And he said to him, ‘Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments!” He said to him, ‘Which commandments?’ And Jesus replied, ‘You shall not kill, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ The young man said to him, ‘All these I have observed from my youth; what do I still lack?’ Jesus answered him, ‘If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come and follow me.’ When the young man heard this he went away very sad for he had great possessions.”
Deuteronomy 11:26-28 reads, “Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse: the blessing, if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you this day, and the curse, if you do not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside from the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods which you have not known.”