Aren’t the two greatest commandments opposed to each other?
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ Matt 22:37-38
So… who are you meant to love? God or others?”
These “two” commands are really one command. Notice how Jesus says, “The second is like it”. Have you ever thought about what he says there? How exactly is the second greatest command like the first?
I reckon (haha) that these commands are dependant on each other.
If you want to love God, then you’ll love his humans. How do you love humans? You love them… like God loves us.
1John 3 says that doesn’t it… “If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?”.
So what does it look like to “love God”? It looks like loving other people; being self-sacrificing.
What does it look like to love other people? It looks like helping them to love God with all their heart, soul, mind.