Here Jesus gives His famous “new commandment” and shakes Judaism to the core by re-contextualizing all of God’s laws into two: Love God and love people. That’s a quote that’s been thrown on everything from bumper stickers to water-bottles, and I love it so much. It reminds me of two important truths.
1.) All of God’s laws and rules are made for us to know more about Him and love Him more. By getting at the root of why God tells us to do something, we can learn about Him as He freely offers Himself to us in relationship.
2.) All of my love (and your love, dear reader) is closely tied to how much God has loved us. If a defining characteristic of Christianity is “love”, it seems like a lot. We’ve got to be insanely selfless and love all people. That’s a big job. But understanding that our love for each other comes from realizing more about how God loves us, that we can and should model our love after His, takes so much of the stress and pressure away from that. I don’t have to stretch myself thin trying to be everyone’s best friend or say hey to everybody I see. Instead all I have to do is seek to know and love God, and then love who I can.
That’s how others see our God. Day-to-day, it’s not loving everyone a little, it’s loving someone a lot.