If you only do these two things…

One of the scribes approached. When he heard them debating and saw that Jesus answered them well, he asked him, “Which command is the most important of all?”

Jesus answered, “The most important is — Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is, Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other command greater than these.”

Mark 12:28-31 (CSB)


This passage of scripture is pretty cut-and-dry. Jesus makes it clear that the most important commands for you to follow are to love God with every ounce of your being and to love others as you love yourself.

Those instructions are the foundation of every other command in the Bible. No matter the command, it can be traced back to loving God and loving other people.

Being kind, forgiving, tolerant, faithful, attentive, humble, patient, empathetic, honorable, available, supportive, obedient, sincere, compassionate, etc., can all be summed up by either saying, love God or love other people.

—Ray

The Bible, Simplified