Advent Day 12: The Greatest Commandment is to love God and the second is…?

Love 5

Mark 12:28-34

28 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”

29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.[e] 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’[f] 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[g] There is no commandment greater than these.”

32 “Well said, teacher,” the man replied. “You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him. 33 To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”

34 When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And from then on no one dared ask him any more questions.


Prayerfully ask God to reveal to you areas in your life where you tend to substitute actions (volunteering, doing favours, buying gifts, meaningless apologies,  etc.) where you should instead be offering love or might possibly need to show more love. It can be difficult sometimes for us to do, but God would rather us act in love towards our neighbours instead of us offering meaningless actions. I’m not suggesting that we stop doing good things towards others, but it is important to stop and ask ourselves if we do things out of godly love, or simply because we feel obligated, guilty, forced, or thoughtless habits.