BY REV. DORAL PULLEY
Once the Hebrew people were delivered from Egyptian bondage, they needed order and structure to function as a nation. Moses gave them divinely inspired laws to govern themselves accordingly. The Law of Moses had three parts: the moral, civil and ceremonial. Many of us are more familiar with the moral law which is known as the Ten Commandments or the Decalogue.
Jesus was a Jew who was trained as a Rabbi; therefore, the scribes, Pharisees and Sadducees often asked him questions to test him. Jesus demonstrated mental fitness by always having an answer for them that challenged them to think, grow and change. When they asked Jesus Christ which was the greatest of the Ten Commandments, Jesus summarized them into one word, love (Galatians 5:14).
Love is the greatest commandment and it is manifested in three major ways. Love God, Love Yourself and Love Everyone Else. It is just that simple. Today, people ask us the hard questions and we are called to give them a reasonable answer according to the hope that is within us (I Peter 3:15). No matter what the question is the answer is the same, love. Love is always the highest and the best for all pares concerned. When we think in terms of love, we are manifesting the Divine.
Rev. Doral Pulley is the senior pastor of Unity Temple of Truth Church, 511 Prescott St. S, St. Petersburg.