Matthew 22:37-40New American Standard Bible (NASB)
37 And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the great and [a]foremost commandment. 39 The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”
25And a lawyer stood up and put Him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 26And He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How does it read to you?” 27And he answered, “YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND; AND YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.” 28And He said to him, “You have answered correctly; DO THIS AND YOU WILL LIVE.” 29But wishing to justify himself, he said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
The Good Samaritan
30Jesus replied and said, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among robbers, and they stripped him and beat him, and went away leaving him half dead. 31“And by chance a priest was going down on that road, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32“Likewise a Levite also, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33“But a Samaritan, who was on a journey, came upon him; and when he saw him, he felt compassion, 34and came to him and bandaged up his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them; and he put him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35“On the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper and said, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I return I will repay you.’ 36“Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the robbers’ hands?” 37And he said, “The one who showed mercy toward him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do the same.”
Martha and Mary
38Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. 39She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word. 40But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.” 41But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; 42but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”
Walk by the Spirit
1It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.
2Behold I, Paul, say to you that if you receive circumcision, Christ will be of no benefit to you. 3And I testify again to every man who receives circumcision, that he is under obligation to keep the whole Law. 4You have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace. 5For we through the Spirit, by faith, are waiting for the hope of righteousness. 6For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything, but faith working through love.
7You were running well; who hindered you from obeying the truth? 8This persuasion did not come from Him who calls you. 9A little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough. 10I have confidence in you in the Lord that you will adopt no other view; but the one who is disturbing you will bear his judgment, whoever he is. 11But I, brethren, if I still preach circumcision, why am I still persecuted? Then the stumbling block of the cross has been abolished. 12I wish that those who are troubling you would even mutilate themselves.
13For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. 14For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.” 15But if you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another.
16But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. 17For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please. 18But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law. 19Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, 21envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
1) What does it mean to love God with all our heart?
2) What does it mean to love God with all our soul?
3) What does it mean to love God with all our mind?
4) What does it mean to love God with all our strength?
5) What does it mean to love your neighbour as yourself?
6) What does it mean to walk by the Spirit?
7) What can we learn from these two stories? "The Good Samaritan" and "Martha and Mary"?
One thing I have learned (reaffirmed) over the past year, the most difficult year of my life, is that God remains the same. He never said we would not face trial or tribulations, in fact just the opposite is true. The key for us to remember is that God does not deserve our love because of what He has done or will do, but simply because of who He is. Even if Jesus did not die on the cross for our sins he deserves our love for He is the Creator and Sustainer of all things for without Him there is nothing, including the life that has been given liberty to receive Him or reject Him. God has never done man wrong, but rather man has done God wrong and praise be to Him that He is patient and merciful, full of grace, yet a day of judgment is coming.
Perfect! So many regard God's love according to what they are going through, they seem to believe that God owes them something. We OWE GOD, He is the Love, the Grace, and the Creator that has allowed us to be free IF we Believe upon Him.
No matter if we all go to hell, at that majestic day, we will understand that we deserve it. He is perfect, we are not.
I have been struggling with this concept. I agree we are not even close to perfect. We inherited the problem from the start. Born of a sin nature and all , thanks A@E. We would be deserving of Hell if it wasn't for the Savior and His promises but with Him there is a reprieve through His Grace (by faith) . He said so often enough, Your faith has saved you and so on. So are we really deserving of eternal Hell if we do what is required of us to acquire Heaven ?
You may ask what is required of us and we would talk in circles for a long time . Believe and follow , repent and be Holy and so on . I am not interested in having that conversation. But have at it if you must.
He built us and knows our condition. We all fall short of perfection . I don't think that was an oversight but instead a big part in our intended condition. He knew it would be this way. So either He wants to be alone in Heaven or there is a substantially lower bar to jump over. Where the bar is ... same long circular dialogue.
Are we deserving of Hell or death eternal ? A qualified yes , if we are to be judged on performance alone and that would be a rigged game since we start broken in sin , but if He is trusted at His word then No , we have met the requirements of Life with Him in Heaven. We as failures are still deserving of His Love and His Home because He invited us in and Knows we are flawed beings without His work in us . Why would we try if it was unattainable ? Why would He tempt us with the hope if there is no chance ?
I don't see the possibility of us all ending up in Hell after giving it so much effort and desire to be of the faith . If that is the end results then we have been played with. It is a no win situation if we must attain that perfection by our own effort (that would negate His work) and it is saying He is insufficient if He is trying and not succeeding in us , enough to get us home. It cant be both ways. If He wants us in Hell it is a bad Joke . If He wants us in Heaven , He can make it happen. We cant do it alone. We are at His mercy but we are also His creation.
I just don't get it. Do we need to be perfect or just moving towards it by desire of it ? Won't He complete what He started in us ? We don't deserve Heaven by our merit we are granted it by His Grace. That is a contract. So, deserving has nothing to do with it.
Worthy ? that is a tricky/ relative word , I'll go with acceptable .
I am convinced that you have it substantially correct .
Deserving of Hell ? only if we reject God .
We are on the road or we are not.