Matthew 22:40 Only Two Simple Rules To Follow

Love God And Neighbor

“All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:40

Jesus was asked by some teachers of the Law what was the greatest commandment. He told them to love God and to love the neighbor. He finishes with telling them that all the other commandments are based off of those two.

People do not like to have a lot of rules and regulations to follow. They want to have their freedom to do what they want, when they want and how they want. Yet, they know that rules are a necessity.

Since rules are required, most people want to know what they are. In that process, they also want to know what the most important rules are. They want to know which rules will enact the harshest punishment if not followed. It will also let them know what they can cut corners on, because the other rules are not so important.

The challenge with having many different rules, is that it is difficult to remember each one. When a person does his taxes, there are thousands of different rules regulating them. It is difficult for a person to know every one of those rules.

People need the rules to be simplified to be able to understand them. The more rules that there are, the easier it is to miss one.

Jesus simplified all the rules into two. All one has to do is love God and love his neighbor. If that is done, all the other commands of God will be followed perfectly.

In order to follow these commands, you must ask yourself on a regular basis if what you are saying or doing is loving God and loving your neighbor. If your words or actions are loving God and your neighbor, you are following God’s greatest commands and all the other commands of God.

If they are not loving God or your neighbor, you have something you must change. Later in scripture you are told that to love God is to love your neighbor, and to love your neighbor is to love God.

There is now no reason for you to wonder what God’s commands are for you. They are all summed up in two simple little rules: 1) love God, and 2) love your neighbor.

Are you following these two simple commands?

Are you really loving God as you say you are?

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will love God with all of your life; that you will love your neighbors as God loves them; and that you will follow God with all of your heart.

Psalm 119:144 Knowing How To Really Live Life

Your statutes are always righteous; give me understanding that I may live. Psalm 119:144

Each person has a different view on the best way to live life. Some believe the best way is out in the country side, deep in the woods alone with nature. Others say it is on the beach in the water. Some will say out on a large prairie with many cattle. Still others will say in the big cities at many different parties.

Outside of location, people will say living life is fishing, cooking, traveling, partying, or one of many other things to do. Doing something that they love is what many people determine as to whether they are really living a great life or not.

The problem with all of these views are they are self focused and temporary. They focus on what the individual likes and wants and does not take God’s guidance into the picture. They only last while here on this earth.

The psalmist asked God for understanding of His laws in order to really live. God’s laws teach a person how to really live a good life. It shows a person the best things to do or not do in this life.

Without understanding of the Law of God, it looks just like a bunch of harsh regulations and things not to do. However, God is looking out for your best interest. His laws protect you from harming yourself or others. It also draws you closer to Himself, by making you more like Jesus.

The world says to look out for old number one, yourself. God says to seek Him first and to serve or love others. Reading the Law helps you understand how to show that love to others and to seek Him first in your life. God’s Law will never fail you or let you down.

The things of this world will fail or come to an end. God’s law will never do either.

Seek God for understanding in His law and the way He wants you to live your life. Do not allow the laws to be just a list of things to do and not do. Allow it to change you for the better. See the value of His law in your life.

I pray today that you will know the Law of God in your heart; that God will help you understand His Word; that you will live according to God’s ways; and that you will live the full life God has for you.


Psalm 93:5 Never Changing Rules

Your statutes, LORD, stand firm; holiness adorns your house for endless days. Psalm 93:5

Any nation that has been around for at least a hundred years or more has at least one thing that has occurred–the change of rules. Every nation changes some, or many of its rules over time. The thought patterns of people have changed over time, causing a change in the rules.

Looking at America, there are some rules that have been eliminated over time and new ones put into place. For a short time in history, alcohol was banned, only to be restored later. For many years women were not allowed to vote. For a number of years slavery was allowed, then it was ruled as illegal. Certain drugs that were illegal are now made legal.

In more modern times, new rules have come up to deal with current technology. Rules dealing with usage of information over the internet, copyright laws, and use of cell phones are among the many newer rules. Along with many morality laws have been changed recently.

With all of the changes in the laws, a person may wonder what will be legal or illegal next. People may stand confused as to what is right or what is wrong. All of these rules are put in place by man.

God had placed rules in place several thousand years ago. These rules (statutes) have never changed, nor will they ever change. All of His rules come down to two main rules: Love God and love others.God’s rules keeps holiness in His house and will continue to do so forever.

Whatever you do each day must stem from one of these two rules. Following these two rules will keep holiness in your life.

You will never have to worry about God suddenly changing His mind and changing His rules. He knows the end from the beginning. His wisdom is perfect. He made the rules with the end in mind.

Many people fear or hate God’s rules, but His rules bring about life in the life of a believer of Jesus. They will not bring about fear or death.

What do you feel about God’s rules?

Are you striving to live your best for God? He has given His best for you.

I pray today that you will know God’s rules in your heart; that you will strive to live for God; that you will not fear God’s rules; and that you will love God and others with all of your heart.

Psalm 19:11 How To Get A Great Reward

By them your servant is warned; in keeping them there is great reward. Psalm 19:11

In this psalm, David is talking about the laws and commands of God. He had already pointed out how they can give joy to the heart and how valuable they are. Now David says that by God’s laws a person is warned, and in keeping them there will be a great reward.

Very few people will state that they like rules and regulations that they must follow. It is always acceptable for the rules to be for the other person, but not for oneself.

Whether it is in the workplace, in a school, a home, or on the street people are always complaining about the rules. There is always a reason why the rule is bad according to someone.

Complaining about a rule is easy when one has the wrong perspective about the rule. Most often people look at rules as a negative restriction on their freedom. They do not see the real value in the rule.

Rules are a warning to a  person on what not to do. Yes, they do limit the freedom, but it does it in a good way. Any time a rule is broken there is a consequence. That consequence may not show up right away, but it will over time, and ultimately when one stands before God after death.

As a person breaks the law by speeding, there may not be a consequence at that moment, but if it continues there will come a day when either the person gets into an accident because of speed, or gets a ticket.

Obeying the laws will always bring peace of mind that you are not going to be in trouble. It brings peace of mind that you are in right standing with God.

God lays out rules to help you be the best that you can be. He does it for your protection and benefit. You must be willing to trust what God wants you to do or not do.

In the end you want to hear God say to you well done good and faithful servant.

I pray today that you will not fear God’s rules for your life; that you will see the value of God’s rules for you; that God will strengthen you to follow His commands; and that God will say that you are faithful and good servant.

Acts 15:11 Saved By Grace

“No! We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are.” Acts 15:11

Various Jewish believers were going to Antioch and telling the Gentile believers that they had to become like a Jew in order to be Christian. This meant they had to be circumcised and follow all the Mosaic Law. Peter stood up to them and pointed out that, with Jesus, salvation was a matter of faith and done in the heart, not just in actions. It is by grace that a person is saved, not by what they do or do not do.

Even though many years have passed, this problem still exists among Christians. No, the issue of having to be a Jew is no longer being discussed. It is now that a person is often required to change their lifestyle and habits before accepting Jesus.

Many believers expect a sinner to clean up his life before or as he comes to a saving knowledge of Jesus. Salvation comes by believing in the work and salvation that Jesus provides. Once a person believes in Jesus, God can do a work in their heart to change their lifestyle.

Christians are very good at putting down a huge set of rules in order for being a Christian. Jesus did not do that. No one can fulfill all the regulations, all will fail. Jesus provides that salvation with by His mercy, not by your earning it. All that is required is to believe in Jesus and obey Him.

Let God do the changing of a person in His time. Any person who is truly trying to love God will work at being more like Jesus everyday. They will want to change their ways. It will come from the heart, not from outside regulations.

Do you believe in salvation by grace that Jesus provides? Or do you believe in your good works? Which one are you telling people? Which one are you holding people to?

I pray today that you will see the grace that Jesus has given you; that you will give that grace to others; that you will not require acts that Jesus did not require; that you will live in the grace of Jesus; and that Jesus will use you to tell others about Him.

Hebrews 9:10 External Works

“They are only a matter of food and drink and various ceremonial washings–external regulations applying until the time of the new order.” Hebrews 9:10

The author just finished describing some of the regulations that the high priest had to deal with in the Old Testament Covenant. God had very specifically detailed as to how the Temple was to be set up and what was in it. He also detailed how the sacrifices and ceremonies were to be done. The rule book for this is quite extensive, take a look at the books of Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. Imagine how difficult it had to have been to follow all those rules.

In this scripture it points out that all these regulations were just external regulations. All these works were just temporary works. It was just an external work of what was supposed to be occurring inside of a person. The problem with this is that all these works could not change the inside of a person.

How many times has a parent told a child to say sorry to someone for something done wrong? The child says “I’m sorry”, but in a way that he is not really sorry, only sorry that he got caught. He only goes through the motions of change, but nothing changed. In this same way, God had the people stating they were sorry and trying to get a change of heart, but could not get it. It was only an external action.

God placed these regulations in place but only for a certain amount of time. They would be in place only until the time of the new order. This new order was to be when Jesus came. He is able to deal with the insides of a person and make a real change.

Today we do not follow the regulations for the Temple anymore. But we often have unwritten regulations: go to church every Sunday; wear nice clothing to church; put a ‘I love Jesus’ sticker on our bumper; and not drinking alcohol, along with many other little “regulations”. All of these are only external. If they do not show the true inside changes of the heart, they are worthless, it is only external.

Today I pray that God will reveal the motives of your actions; that God would bring about a real change in your heart and life; that God will reveal to you the actions that do need to occur in your life; and that God will give you the strength for the inner changes required.

Hebrews 7:18-19 A Better Regulation

“The former regulation is set aside because it was weak and useless (for the law made nothing perfect), and a better hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God. Hebrews 7:18-19

The former regulation that the author talks of here is the Mosaic Law–the Old Testament Laws and Regulations. This Law was very good at pointing out the sins in a person’s life. It was also very cut and dry–if you do this sin–you die. Throughout all the Old Testament laws one is told of all the things he must not do and all the ceremonies he must do. If any one of these things were not upheld perfectly he would be guilty of breaking the law and then was punished by death. No man is able to obey every law all the time because of the sinful nature in him.

Here the author talks about this law being weak and useless because all it did was point out sins and brought about death. The Law was unable to make a person perfect. For this very reason a better hope was brought about. This hope was salvation in Jesus. Through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus every person can have forgiveness and be given life. It is only through Jesus that we can draw near to God with confidence that He will not destroy us. In the Old Testament the high priest went before the Ark of the Covenant with much fear of dying because of sin.

Today we do not have to have that fear because Jesus takes away our sins. Jesus brings us forgiveness and life–a much better hope. Today do not look at just what you should do or not do to be a Christian. That is the way the people were in the Old Testament trying to follow the Law. Look at having a relationship with God through Jesus. Our attitudes should not be to not do something out of fear of getting destroyed, but should be not doing something out of love for God and not wanting to hurt Him. You can have more joy and peace in following God because of love for Him than you can with following Him only out of fear of punishment.

I pray that today you will know the hope that is found in Jesus; that you will serve God because of a relationship with Him, not out of fear; that God will draw you nearer to Him than ever before; and that God will give you new strength in following Him.