Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost November 1, 2015
Love Is All You Need
Hear the commandment that Jesus points out in Mark 12:30: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.”
This reminds me of a time when I was on a mission trip with a group of youth. On this mission trip, the theme for the week was the Shema (Deuteronomy 6:4). We were given bracelets with the Shema on them in Hebrew. We learned that this verse is placed by the door of Jewish homes as a reminder of this most important verse and how they are to live their lives: putting God first always!
I began to look at life through this lens. If I can always focus on God and love God with all my heart and soul and mind, then in verse 31, when Jesus says, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” it is easy to do if I am already focused on God in this way.
When there are things in life that cause us to become bitter, resentful, and rebellious even, we can take time to read this Scripture. It is a hard reminder of the way that we should handle ourselves and treat others. Sometimes it’s hard to hear in the heat of the moment. We become self-centered, and with our emotions taking over we need to remember what really matters to God most.
To love: it is really that simple. Love your enemies; love is the best way to work through anything. Moravians even have a motto about this: “In essentials unity, in nonessentials liberty, and in all things love.” I believe that is what Jesus was talking about in verse 30. Even the Beatles said, “All you need is love.”
Could it really be that simple? Try using it as your lens when you are trying to work through life. Could this be the answer? The Bible mentions love between 200 and 400 times, depending on which version you use. So, maybe love is all you need.
Scarlett Dowdy, program manager, Laurel Ridge Camp and Conference Center, Laurel Springs, North Carolina