The Two Great Commandments

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets

These two commandments are tied into each other: the love of God leads to the love of others. The love of others greatly dispels fear of men. Perfect love casts out fear. The fruit of our relationship to God is greater service to others. Service to others is not the goal of the Kingdom – it is the result.

Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

Remaining in close contact with Joshua, our teacher and counselor, means sharing our inner life with God. Sharing our inner life with God means we desire to do his will because everything we hand over to God becomes sifted and sorted by the spirit and we become transformed by this same spirit.

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