READ: Matthew 22:34-40
- As a test of Jesus’ orthodoxy, a lawyer asked Jesus what the greatest command was. It was an opportunity for Jesus to expound on what He’d said in 5:17-20. He could explain what He meant by nothing passing away. His answer reflected the deepest nature of both God and the Law. Jesus said that “loving God and loving neighbors” constituted the Law. That was the heart of everything God had spoken and written about human behavior.
- As we journey over the next few weeks, we’ll see that the principle of loving God and loving neighbor will fulfill all the principles that Jesus espouses. It will be clear that Jesus takes the specifics of the Law and turns them into deeper principles with wider application. But He also makes it impossible to make them into rigid rules. They now become reflective traits of a loving and merciful God.
- If the law were to accomplish turning God’s people into more faithful images of God’s character and heart, then it would be fulfilled, not destroyed nor lessened, when those purposes were accomplished. Jesus moves His followers deeper and deeper into imitating the heart of God. As He does, they become more loving and forgiving. They begin to see others as God sees them.
- Describe how you believe God sees others.
- To what degree do you see people the way God sees them?
- Ask someone who knows you well to confirm your answer.
PRAY: Seek God’s ability to see others appropriately. Pray that you are willing to let God reshape the way you view people. Ask God to convict you when your words betray a wrong view of people.