The salient of Jesus’ teachings was about love. His teachings were that God loved us, and we also need to love God and love each other. This essay will briefly examine two examples from the Gospel to illustrate Jesus’ teaching of love from the gospel.
Jesus’ teaching of love
The core messages from each of the four gospels is constant throughout and it is about Jesus’ teaching of love. Jesus teaches that God loves us, He is a loving God and we should love our neighbor as we love ourselves.
The first teaching of Jesus Christ is from the book of mark12 “The first of all commandments is, Hear, O Israel ; the Lord our God is one Lord and though shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul,…” Jesus says that this is the first commandment of all. God is the principal foundation of the world thus we should be Godcentred and dedicate our lives to love Him (Antonov V. ).
The other teaching about love is from the book of Luke 10:27, it says, “… you shall love the Lord your God... and your neighbor as yourself.” Here Jesus is saying that we should love our neighbors as we love ourselves, He teaches that our neighbor is everybody, thus from His teachings, Jesus means that we should love all people like we love ourselves and thus the best way to express our love for God is by loving other people. This means that before one can say that he loves God, s/he must first show love for his fellow men. This is re-emphasized in the book of 1 John 4:20. Hence God accepts the love we give others as if it were love to Himself. This means that when we give love to other people, we are giving love to God (Rev. McGinnis B.).
From the above two examples, it is clear that Jesus’ core message to all of us His followers was the message of love, love our the Lord our God and love our neighbors as we love ourselves. He expounds further to tell us that our neighbor is anybody who needs our assistance. This He completes by teaching the parable of the Good Samaritan. Thus love is the core message in all Jesus’ teachings.
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