In Matthew 22:37-40, we read, “37Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38This is the first and greatest commandment. 39And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.””

Funny, that despite Jesus saying that the entirety of the Hebrew Scriptures is based on these two, we tend to be dismissive of them. Hillel, a great rabbi from the late 1st Century BC, said: “What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow man: this is the whole Law; the rest is just commentary” (Shab. 31a), espousing Jesus view of love as central to living a life for God.

Yet, after nearly 2000 years, the Christian church is known more for its acts of intolerance than for its basic love.

This blog will, slowly, explore the value of living the two great commandments, what Scot McKnight refers to as The Jesus Creed .

Love God, love others. It really is that simple.

And that hard.