The Story of Jesus

The Greastest Commandment

One who came to question Jesus was a lawyer. He asked, "Which is the greatest commandment of the Law?" Jesus answered, " 'Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength'; this is the first commandment. And the second greatest is this: Thou shall love thy 

neighbor as thyself.' No other commandments are so important as these."

The lawyer looked at Jesus and said, "Master, that is true. There is one God and no other but him. To love him with all one's heart, understanding, soul, and strength while one loves his neighbor as himself is surely more pleasing to God than burnt offerings and sacrifices."

Jesus was pleased to hear the lawyer say this. Jesus told the man kindly, "You are not far from the kingdom of God."

After that no one dared ask Jesus any question.


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