“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.. Matthew 22:36-39
Most of us get annual check-ups to ensure physical health. Likewise, Lent is a time to check up on “soul” health. Such a check-up helps me get in touch with how well I am doing in my relationships and soul-care.
There’s a biblical test I can take to indicate how I’m living out my claim of being Christian. In trying to trap Jesus with their question. And as Christians we’re called day by day by day, to love. How are you doing with that? Can you pass the test?
These commandments show us what’s important to God. God wants to know we’re loving one another. Are we really following the command to love one another or are we simply giving lip service to God’s will? Is what we are doing and saying reflecting an indwelling of the Holy Spirit? After all, the Holy Spirit is God’s gift to us to help us love. Is Christ-like love shaping your life and your relationships?
It’s Lent. It’s check-up time.