Love your neighbour as yourself

One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, he asked him, “Which commandment is the first of all?” 29 Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; 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.’ 31 The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” 32 Then the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher; you have truly said that ‘he is one, and besides him there is no other’; 33 and ‘to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the strength,’ and ‘to love one’s neighbour as oneself,’—this is much more important than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” 34 When Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” After that no one dared to ask him any question.

Mark 12, 28-34


God, you know how I put other things first:
to be right, to be safe, to belong.
I confess. I repent.

I already belong to you, eternally, absolutely.
I am safe in you. I need not earn your love,
or prove my worthiness, or have others approve.

I only need to let the love you give me
become all of me: to love you with all of myself,
every little thing I do an act of love,

and to pass that love to others,
always and no matter what,
to never compromise my love with anything else.

Oh, stand for justice, speak the truth,
say the hard things, prohibit abuse,
but only with love, not anything else,

anything else.

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light