LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF, FOR THIS IS THE LAW AND THE PROPHETS

A devotional by John Piper

“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”—Matt. 22:36-40

So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.—Matt. 7:12

Jesus turns to us and says, “The whole scroll, the whole Law and the Prophets, the whole history of redemption and all my Father’s plans and acts, hang on these two great sovereign purposes of God: that he be loved by his creation, and that they love each other as they love themselves.” I believe it would not be too much to say that all of creation and all the work of redemption, including the work of Christ as our suffering, dying, and rising Redeemer, and all of history, hang on these two great purposes: that humans love God with all their heart, and that from the overflow of that love we love each other.

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