The Greatest Commandment: Love of God and Love of Neighbor “You shall love the Lord your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind – – – you shall love your neighbor as your self.” (Matthew 22:37-39).
The heart is considered the center of knowing and feeling, the soul the principle of life and the source of all energies, and the mind the center of perception and understanding.
The First Commandment means that we are to love God with everything we have: a love that is wholehearted, not laid-back; dynamic not phlegmatic; outgoing, not introverted; performed with conviction, courage, and commitment, not indifferent, insensitive, and apathetic.
The Second Greatest Commandment, Jesus says, is like the first: “you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” The second precept is the manifestation of the first. Love of God issues forth in proper love of ourselves and other people. When we love God, human beings become deeply and profoundly lovable- not with sentimentality, but with sensitivity.
There is an intimate connection between our faith in God and our relationship with our neighbor. It is only and through the proper love we bear for self and one another that we actualize our love for God.