October 29, 2017 - Love

When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a scholar of the law tested him by asking, "Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?" He said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments."

Matthew 22:34-40

What does it mean to love God?

We often assume that the second greatest commandment is really the explanation of the first: to love one another is to love God.  But is that true?

We also often assume that to act as though we love each other - doing nice things for one another - is the moral equivalent of genuinely loving - falling in love - with each other.  But is that true?

Can one be commanded to genuinely love another?  Or is this something other than a command?