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.

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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.

Judges 21:25 Doing What They Want

In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit. Judges 21:25

Throughout the book of Judges, the Israelites would stop serving God and follow various idols. God would then bring another nation in to punish them. After a while they would start to serve God again, so He would give them a judge to defeat the enemy, then they would go back to their idols again. This happened over and over on a regular basis. The final verse of the book states that everyone did as they wanted.

When everyone does as they want to do, there is chaos and disorder. There is no unity or law. While it is happening, everyone thinks it is great because everyone is free. Being free, to most people, means you can do what you want, when you want, and how you want to do it.

People everywhere in America are talking about their being free to live as they want to live. Around the world in many countries, more and more people are starting to stand up for their freedom. When this type of living in freedom occurs, chaos starts to happen. Rules are ignored and people are hurting each other.

God has never meant freedom to be that way. Freedom is to do the right thing all the time. God laid down many rules on how to live your life. These rules are not meant to harm you or slow you down, they are there to protect you and help you live the best life possible.

Your freedom is not to do what you want, but to be free to live for God. When you live your life for God, you will live the best life possible. It may not be filled with wealth and fame, but it will be filled with love and peace. Without love and peace you have nothing. All wealth and fame is worthless without love and peace.

How are you living your life?

Are you living for God?

Or are you just doing what you want to do, bringing chaos into your life?

I pray today that you will know the desires of God for your life; that you will live your life for God; that you will not use your freedom to live in sin; and that you will know the love and peace of Jesus in your life.

Galatians 3:11 What To Rely On

“Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God, because the righteous will live by faith.” Galatians 3:11

There were some people in the churches of Galatia that were going back to the Mosaic Law to serve and worship God. They were attempting to show themselves righteous by how well they kept the Law. Paul clearly points out that they are being foolish in doing this. The Law only brought about death. It did not provide for removal of a sin in a person’s life. A believer in Jesus is to believe by faith in the salvation that Jesus is providing.

Although people today do not talk so much about following the Law of Moses, they still attempt to follow the Law. Often it is a person who is trying to make himself right with God. People like to be of value and to accomplish something on their own. They want to be successful.

When people mess up in their walk with God, often they will do things to make it right and try to earn God’s grace and forgiveness. They will give more in the offering, volunteer more in ministries, start reading the Bible more, or something else. All of these things are good, if done to be a service to God and others, but often they are done to look good to God.

No matter how good you are at following the law, at some point you have broken it and only deserve death. You have become of no value at all. You cannot earn life again, the price is too high.

This is where faith steps in. Jesus died for you and rose again to take away your sins. Can you trust Him to take away your sins? Can you trust that He loves you enough to do so? This is where faith comes in.

There is nothing to be earned. The works you do should be done out of gratitude for what Jesus had done for you, not to earn God’s favor. Following Jesus and believing in Him will give you God’s favor.

Don’t rely on what you can or cannot do, rely on what Jesus has done and can do.

I pray today that you will know what Jesus has done for you; that you will have faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus; that you will trust Jesus to make you righteous before God; and that you will live your life by faith in Jesus.

Romans 10:2-3 Wrong Zeal For God

“For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge. Since they did not know the righteousness of God and sought to establish their own they did not submit to God’s righteousness.” Romans 10:2-3

Paul is talking about the Israelites. He would love to see them saved. Here he points out that they were very zealous for God, but they did not know the righteousness that God provided. In the end they were building their own rules of what righteousness was and refused to accept God’s righteousness.

Things have not changed for people. Many people (at least in America) believe in God and attempt to stand for what He wants. In their zeal for God they get extremely judgmental and start to make rules on various things that God never directly stated anything. They are making up their own rules on what it means to be righteous before God.

Some examples of these types of rules are: no playing cards, no dancing, wearing only certain types of clothing, and eating only certain foods. While all of these things may be good for a certain person, or good rules to live by, none of them are absolute rules by God. None of these make a person more or less righteous before God.

Only in Jesus is a person righteous at all. It is by His grace and mercy that you can be a righteous person.

Jesus did lay down some rules and many principles to live by. They were guidelines on how to make choices in life. They are to guide you in how to live a righteous life before God and do His will.

You need to be zealous for God. You need to get excited and tell everyone about God. You need to stand strong and true for God and His Word. But in all of this you must be standing in the right position. It must all be based on the righteousness of Jesus. It must be done with His love, grace and mercy.

Do not be zealous the way the world gets zealous: judgmental, condemning, better-than-thou, and demanding. Don’t just give a bunch of rules to live by.

Strive to point all to Jesus. Show people the righteousness that Jesus provides. Be zealous for God in Jesus.

I pray today that you will know the righteousness that Jesus provides; that you will be zealous for Jesus; that you will tell everyone about Jesus; and that you will be zealous with God’s love, grace and mercy.