There are a multitude of verses in the Bible and endless topics of conversation that can be drawn from them. However, we often forget that complexity is not the point. There is a simple message that ties it all together: love God and love people. Below I have recorded the verses that, to me, sum up God’s heart and His intention for our lives. These are the simple guide points that direct my life. They by no means detail every responsibility of a believer, but rather provide the overarching themes under which those finer details are to be carried out.
37 Jesus answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and most important command. 39 And the second command is like the first: ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself. 40 All the law and the writings of the prophets depend on these two commands.”
27 Religion that God accepts as pure and without fault is this: caring for orphans or widows who need help, and keeping yourself free from the world’s evil influence.