In the Old Testament, we read Deuteronomy 6:4-9 (NIV)
“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”
In the New Testament, a teacher of law asks Jesus, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”
In Mark 12:29-31 (NIV) we have the reply.
29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
Imagine if everyone tried, just tried to follow those two commandments . . . what do you suppose would change in your day-to-day goings on?
How would the content of nightly news change?
How would your telephone conversation with a sales weenie be different?
How would your demeanor in a boring meeting be affected?
How would your comments to an asshole who cut you off in the parking lot be calibrated?