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Love God and Love People

Ken Wootton (Highlands Church)



There is a story in Matthew’s gospel where both of the major Jewish theological positions of the time attempt to catch Jesus out on points of doctrine. After the Sadducees were silenced, the Pharisees attempted to trap him. Jesus answered their questions with this statement, Matthew 22:37–40 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 neighbour as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”


The same answer could be used today as a measure of your theological position. Does your theological position demonstrate a love for God and a love for people? If your position misses either of these aspects, it may be falling short.


In the book of Acts James brought forward another interesting aspect to a major theological debate regarding non-Jewish believers and the sensitive area of circumcision. His answer provides a great benchmark for us to follow. Is our position making it difficult for people who are turning to Jesus. Acts 15:19 “Therefore my judgment is that we should not trouble those of the Gentiles who turn to God”

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