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The Greatest Commandment

28 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” 29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” (NIV, Mark 12:28–31)

The Greatest Commandment expresses the very essence of a Christian life. One commandment with two inseparable parts: love of God and love of other people of the world. Jesus calls us, insofar as possible, to treat all people of the world with "Christian love" (kindness, respect, benevolence), even enemies (Matthew 5:43-48).  There is more information in these articles on our website: The Greatest Commandment and the Parable of the Good Samaritan, What Does the Bible Say About Love?

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