Deuteronomy 6:5 Bible Commentary:
“And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.
This means that we are to put nothing before the Lord our God, and that we are to love Him with every part of our being.
And if we truly love the Lord our God in this way, then we will also love the whole of His creation (our fellow human beings, all the animals, and the environment in which we all live), and do everything in our power to prevent anything from harming any part of it.
Furthermore, if we truly love all of God’s creation in this way, then we will do everything in our power to help free creation from its present corruption, which Christian indifference ignores and thus fosters even more corruption and suffering.
Most people can relate to loving members of their family, close friends, and companion animals. However, many people have trouble relating to what it really means to love God, totally, with every part of their being and with everything they are and have, which is the meaning of this verse. Why is this? It’s because we are used to thinking in this physical realm, rather than in the spiritual realm. We can’t see God, physically, as we can other living beings, and this makes it difficult for many people to relate their love toward God in the same way they do to other beings.
Every war we have ever had started over someone’s personal political agenda, and/or the desire to have what the others have. And others join in on one side or the other because of their political agenda or greed. War can rarely be stopped peacefully once it has ignited. The only way to prevent war is for all nations to learn to love and respect their neighbors, as they want others to love and respect them. This takes years of work. Remember what Jesus taught (Matthew 5:9): “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.”
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