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The Two Greatest Commandments

by Mary Wilkey
(Ohio, USA)

How do we fulfill the two greatest commandments?

The last time I said we would elaborate further on why our Lord tells us that the original ten commandments are fulfilled (hang) on the keeping of the two New Testament commandments:

  1. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.

  2. You shall love your neighbor as yourself
Matthew 22:37

He said that all the prophets (as well as the original ten commandments) hang on these two commandments as well. To look at exactly what that means, we first have to be clear on exactly what a prophet is and what he does.

Prophets prophesy, which means that:
  • They make inspired declarations of what is to come (speaking those things which appear not as though they do appear), in accordance with His written Word, and

  • They reveal the will of God according to direct divine revelation (as a gift). (1 Cor. 12:10 and Romans 4:17, because He said that we would do greater things than what He did while on the earth.

You see, the ten commandments were inscribed by the finger of God on stone tablets. However, the majority of the populace were illiterate and could not have read the Scriptures, had they even been available to the masses.

And that's where the prophets came in and voiced the commandments, as our Lord spoke to the people through them, as they were moved by the Divine Inspiration.

So not only were the original ten commandments fulfilled by the keeping of those two commandments of the New Testament, but so were the words of God as spoken by the prophets of old.

Now, if anyone has any comment or would like to expound further on this issue, let us hear from you.

This month, instead of one longer lesson, we will have two short ones. Be sure to read the next Back to The Basics lesson on Forgiveness!

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Chrisitan Forgiveness

by Mary Wilkey
(Ohio, USA)

Can You Forgive?

Can You Forgive?

How to practice Christian forgiveness.

While we're discussing Bible basics, to my mind the next most important area for us to grow in would be to learn how to forgive. I've read and heard a lot of people expound on the idea that we need to forgive, and indeed we do. (That's as basic as the model prayer commonly called The Lord's Prayer.)

However, very few that I've ever heard or read offer practical suggestions as to how to go about this most difficult of requirements to fulfill.

Not that I know it all. Far from it, but I'm happy to share with you what works for me.

The hardest part, I believe, is conjuring up the desire to forgive someone who has hurt you deeply, intentionally or not, especially if you are or were very close to that person. The ability to do anything is about ten percent ability and ninety percent desire, or so I've heard.

Of course, as with anything hard, we always should pray for wisdom and guidance from the Lord as to how to proceed.

What I have found most helpful is to try to understand the offending party's motivation. What caused the person to take the actions s/he did? Was it fear? Greed? Self-preservation? Or was it a deliberate attempt to achieve some sort of recognition or to acquire something at your expense?

If you can understand what motivated the offending action, in most cases it will make it easier for you to find it in your heart to forgive. On the other hand, if the motivation was less than honorable, it is going to require an extraordinary effort on your part and a sincere prayer enlisting the Lord's help in doing so.

If anyone has any other suggestions on how to forgive, I am sure I am not alone in wanting to hear from you. :-)

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