God was not trying to make things difficult when he laid out the 10 commandments. He simply loved his people and wanted to set the parameters for their daily lives. It was simple, Love God with all that you are—your heart, your mind and your spirit. Then allow that selfless devotion to pour over into the way you love and treat others—Love them as you love yourself.
Jesus reiterated that very construct to the teachers of the law–hundreds of years later; as they tried to somehow trip him up with crafty questions. Funny, they were the experts in the law’s interpretation, and yet, they were unable to implement its very core principles.
There is only one thing worse than not knowing the way to live. It is knowing how to live and simply choosing to ignore it. That is why God gave us the law—not because we did not know how to live, but because we simply chose to do otherwise. The irony is that as we follow these principles–we are blessed and free. Our selflessness acts as the catalyst by which we are protected, provided for and prepared for an eternity with him. Solomon said it best—“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding. Acknowledge him in all your ways and he will make your paths straight!” Proverbs 3:5-6
God Bless You
But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees with his reply, they met together to question him again. 35 One of them, an expert in religious law, tried to trap him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?”
37 Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”