On these two commandments
In Matthew we can find the account of a Lawyer (those darn lawyers) tempting Jesus, asking Him which is the #1, most important commandment.
Jesus gives the response that we are to Love God, and Love our neighbors as ourselves. Now, we spend a lot of time talking about that particular part of the answer, but I’m interested right now in the last part of Jesus’ answer from verse 40:
“On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
So, in theory everything we are asked to do by the church, the scriptures, general conference speakers, etc. has, at its chewy caramel center, one or both of those two commandments.
If that is true then I have a few questions. It seems that the “love thy neighbor” ones are fairly obvious, those are the ones that have you doing things with and for other people. However, when it comes to the “love of God” commandments, a lot of those are, at root, things that we do because we believe God asked us to, and doing what God asks is a way to show love to God.
I’m wondering if there is a way to show love for God that isn’t just doing what has been asked of us. And conversely, if doing anything God asks of us is a way to show love for God, then couldn’t one turn any action into a show of love for God just by believing that God has asked it of that person? In short does the commandment to “love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” really just amount to ‘do what you’re told’? Or is there a difference?