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Love Neighbor And God

Jesus says the Second Love Commandment to love our neighor as ourselves is "like" (Mark 12:31) our First Love Commandment to love God with all our heart and soul and mind and strength. How is loving our neighbor "like" loving God?

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francis: Thanks for the clear, straightforward delineation of the Ten Commandments and the two summary commandments quoted by Jesus from the Old Testament. Too bad that many Christians acknowlege only one (love to neighbor), two (love to neighbor and God), or nine (the 10C minus the fourth one).
---jerry6593 on 5/23/10

There are ten commandments:
1 You shall have no other gods before Me.
2 You shall not make for yourself a carved image,
3 You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain,
4 Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
5 Honor your father and your mother
6 You shall not murder.
7 You shall not commit adultery.
8 You shall not steal.
9 You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
10 You shall not covet

! through 4, is love for God, 5-10 Love for neighbour Now see how they are alike, They are all about LOVE

Because they are all commanded by God, if you fail to do anyone, you have failed to Love.

The first four is like the last six.
They are all about Love
---francis on 5/22/10

When we understand the infinite value that God places on each of His children, we should love a little more that which He esteems so highly.
---jerry6593 on 5/22/10

Born-again believers pay attention. We have two responsibilities first to God and then to the neighbors. It does not mean ignoring sins, never defending God. It does not mean never getting into faces. Jesus did that, ha, ha. It does not mean good works, unless you are doing for the glory of God, your love for Him. Hallelujah. It does not mean to be a doormat for Satan and his people. We are here to serve God ad not to be mistreated. Lets get this love thing straight in our minds. And stop acting like the hypocrites. When God wants His love to spring up inside of you, well it will.
---catherine on 5/22/10

These two commandments summarize the "law" for the Christian. It's not possible to "love our neighbor(s) as ouselves" unless we know God's love and love Him fully.
---Donna66 on 5/22/10

"If any person say, I love God, and hates their brother, that person is a liar: for the one that loves not their brother whom they have seen, how can they love God whom they have not seen? And this commandment we have from him, That the one who loves God love their brother also." I John 4:20,21.
---Eloy on 5/22/10

There are some very good answers on this blog, very good. "On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets." So we see that Jesus did not come to do away with the law but that the law through Him would be fulfilled. Without all the other commandments love has no meaning. It's just a selfish pretend love. When you love enough you want to obey all His commands. Jesus said we are to preach the gospel, teaching them to obey all that He has commanded.
---fay on 5/21/10

We go above and beyond to please them and we live to serve.

---shary on 4/14/10

Christ summarized the two tables, of the laws. [1] responsibilty to God and [2] responsibilty to man. Some men in power, does not have the love of God so therefore no love for people. You see this a lot in the way these men of power is abusing their power, by slaming people all over the place.... Deuteronomy 6:5 and Leviticus 19:18. "love the Lord thy God and love thy neighbor as thy self". I wonder if mabe in order to love people you must love yourself first, to be able to treat people right and fairly. So, it must be that not too many now adays love themselves. [May not be aware of this]. "Love thy God" the greatest commandment. It was supreme importance and priority. No Pharisee could fault such an answer.
---catherine on 4/14/10

Loving your neighbor is like loving God, because Jesus said "when you do it to the least of these you do it to Me (Jesus)". If someone cuts you off in trafic, and you throw the finger at them and cuss them out, you are also doing this to Jesus. If you gossip about someone, you are also doing this to Jesus. If you feed the poor, you are also doing it to Jesus. If you give someone a hug, you are also doing it to Jesus.
---Leslie on 4/13/10

I used to wonder how I was to love myself and others if I followed to the letter "to love God with all our heart and soul and mind and strength". What would be left for me and others? But then...
John 17:21: "That they all may be one, as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me." No need to refocus our strenght as such.
John 17:23: "I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me."
---Nana on 4/12/10

God's view is that if we truly love Him properly, we will automatically also treat "our neighbor" (all people, the brethren of humanity) as His offspring that were originally made "in His image" (regarding each other's human rights). God is the parent of the human race. You can't truly love a parent properly without having regard for the parent's children.

The brethren of humanity that are IN CHRIST should not receive any special treatment (SHOWN partiality)....

We can show partiality to loved ones, but not as a matter/practice of the faith. If we do, then we put ourselves under the old law.

James 2:1
"show no partiality as you hold the faith".

Don't love each other MORE THAN yourself.
---more_excellent_way on 4/13/10

...but then again, a person would have to be 'kind of mixed up' to go around showing/making love to themselves (loving others as you LOVE YOURSELF?)....I ACCEPT who I am (I am who I am), but I don't SHOW/MAKE love to myself.

Pay attention to the words God uses, He doesn't speak sloppily/carelessly (TRANSLATORS will be sloppy, but not GOD).

The love commandments are ONE (INTEGRAL, as God is INTEGRAL..."God is ONE" (Galatians 3:20).
---more_excellent_way on 4/13/10

Hi, Bill

"One thing I think of is that while I am with God in His love, I am exposed to His Example of how He is lovingly relating with me, so I can see how I need to become with other people (c:"
---Bill_bila5659 on 4/12/10

Firstly, you (c: have a big nose! :~)

Secondly, your words are so true.

Thirdly, if the biggest problem that you have with Christianity is yourself, then I covet your prayers, friend.
---aka_joseph on 4/13/10

"How is loving our neighbor "like" loving God?"
They are corresponding relationships. One is impossible without the other.
"He who loves God loves his brother also. For he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us. Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment, because as He is, so are we in this world."
Refs. 1John 4:20,21,12,17
---Josef on 4/13/10

Hi, aka_joseph . . . you say, "I do not do either well". It is good to confess how we need to do better. And we have James 5:16 that says, "Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much." So, we can pray for one another to get "healed" better to be living in God's love that has us sweetly and sensitively sharing with Him while loving any and all other people.

One thing I think of is that while I am with God in His love, I am exposed to His Example of how He is lovingly relating with me, so I can see how I need to become with other people (c:
---Bill_bila5659 on 4/12/10

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Neither of the two can stand without each other. I cannot love God with all my heart and soul and mind and strength if I do not love my neighbor as myself, and I cannot love my neighbor as myself unless I love God with all my heart and soul and mind and strength.

That is why I need your forgiveness and grace, Lord. I do not do either well.

Good question.
---aka_joseph on 4/12/10

Relationship, trust, acceptance
---jim on 4/12/10

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