In another place one of the Jewish Scribes asked Jesus which was the first and greatest commandment of all. Jesus quoted from Deut. 6:4-5.
"Mark 12: 29 “The first of all the commandments is: ‘Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God, the LORD is one. 30 And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’This is the first commandment 31 And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’There is no other commandment greater than these.”OK, so we see that loving God and loving our neighbor is actually THE most important attitude and character trait to learn and live. So why do so many view learning to love as boring spiritual discussion. Perhaps, we need our minds renewed.
Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
OK, so we need to live by the Spirit, and love God and humanity. We do this by presenting our whole being (body, mind and spirit) to God so that He can realign our thinking and our behavior.
So perhaps the reason that the concept of love as the primary aim in Christian behavior as being mushy not intellectual enough, not authoritative and important enough, is because our minds are tainted with the ways of the world. In actuality I believe godly love such as the kinds that God has for us require more from us than any other pursuit that humans can think of. It is unequivocably the most difficult assignment of our lives. Few achieve it well. Many can achieve it favorably.
Can you? Will you consider making this a primary aim in your Christian walk?