"'Master, which is the greatest
commandment in the Law?' He answered, 'Love the
Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind.
That is the greatest commandment. It comes first. The second is like it:
Love your neighbour as yourself.
Everything in the Law and the prophets hangs on these two commandments.'"
LOVE OF GOD AND HIS SON.
"As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you. Dwell in my love. If you heed my commands, you will dwell in my love, as I have heeded my Father's commands and dwell in His love." (John 15:9,10 NEB).
"For this is what the love of God means, that we observe His commandments; and yet His commandments are not burdensome." (1 John 5:3).
"This is His command: to give our allegiance to His Son Jesus Christ and love one another as he commanded. When we keep His commands we dwell in Him and He dwells in us. And this is how we can make sure that He dwells within us: we know it from the Spirit He has given us." (1 John 3:23,24 NEB).
"Here is the test by which we can make sure that we know (The Christ): do we keep his commands? The man who says, 'I know him', while he disobeys his commands, is a liar and a stranger to the truth; but in the man who is obedient to his word, the Divine love has indeed come to its perfection." (1 John 2:3-5 NEB).
FOR OUR BROTHERS.
"If anyone makes the statement: "I love God," and yet is hating his brother, he is a liar. For he who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot be loving God, whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should be loving his brother also." (1 John 4:20,21).
"Do not think I am giving a new command; I am recalling the one we have had before us from the beginning: let us love one another. And love means following the commands of God. This is the command which was given you from the beginning, to be your rule of life." (From 2 John V.5,6 NEB).
COMMANDMENTS OF MEN.