“You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the other commandments and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:37-40 (NLT)
This doesn't diminish the many other commands of Scripture. It means we obey them out of love not duty or fear of punishment.
Christ also said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life… Those who obey my commandments are the ones who love me... I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. When you obey me, you remain in my love…John 14: 6, 21; 15:9-10
God has made things simple for us--two basic commands and one basic reason to obey: Obedience draws us closer to God and keeps us in the center of His love! No reward could be sweeter!
copyright Gail Burton Purath, 2011