Jesus answered, "The first is, 'Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; 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." (Mark 12:29-30 NRSV)

A lawyer put Jesus to the test with this question: "What shall I do to inherit eternal life?" Jesus turned the question back to the lawyer. "What is written in the law? How do you read it?" The lawyer 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." Jesus said to him, "You have answered right; DO THIS AND LIVE."

There it is. The simplest formula for the good life ever given and from the lips of the Master himself.


Dear God, help me to do a much better job of loving. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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