When asked, Jesus laid out two simple rules for life.

These were less of rules (they didn’t change or exclude the law God had already given), and were instead principles—a way to group everything we do.

The first: “Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence” (Matthew 22:37).

This is about prioritizing. It means we shape our lives so that we are actively seeking him.

And the second: “Love others as well as you love yourself” (22:39).

While the first may lean toward the theoretical, the second is practical. It shows us how to apply the first.

When we look around, the strife, crime, violence, and hate we see—I can’t help but wonder, if we were following these two rules, would any of it exist?

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