Jesus, in answering a question about the most important law, said, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
“This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets” (Matt. 22:36-40).
The preceding discourse was a time when some of the Pharisees, seeing Jesus quiet their adversaries the Sadducees, sought to tempt our Lord, trying to see just how well he knew the law.
How surprised they must have been when they were given an answer that summarized the entire law of God. Love of God, and love of fellow man. This was not a new train of thought for it was given to the Jews at Mt. Sinai.
Jesus showed that caring for others is important. While the Law of Moses is not the law man is to follow today (in the Christian dispensation of time Christs law is to be followed, Gal. 3, 4), this attitude of caring for others should not be unusual for the child of God.
Christians should always seek to do good to others and to show and share the love of God with those about them.
The apostle Paul wrote, “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith” (Gal. 6:10).
“Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of other”. (Phil. 2:3-4).
This is the wish of God today, that Christians show him to all men by their actions. Some have fallen in to the snare of Satan by only looking to their own wants and needs.
Many such Christians do not even realize they are sinning by their failure to show proper care to all men.
Many Christians who fail the caring test are extremely versed in the scriptures, but knowing the scriptures is not enough. One must act upon what they know.
James put it this way, “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves” (James 1:22).
A person can deceive themselves into thinking they are following God, but their actions show otherwise.
In the early days of the church when there was a need among the Christians, they met the need. They obeyed the gospel of Christ, and then began to care for each other.
“And all that believed were together and had all things common, (Acts 2:44).
“And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common” (Acts 4:32).
While the world may only see and feel the need to look to God and their fellow man only occasionally, children of God should and must keep this spirit of caring each and every day.
Christians must always remember the words of the Lord, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.”
His message is just as true today as the day he said it.