“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 22:36-40 (ESV)
Other accounts are described in Mark 12:28-31 and Luke 10:25-28. In Mark, there’s a word added. It says we are to love God with heart, soul, mind, and strength (similar to the original Jewish Shema).
So how do we apply The Greatest Commandment to our writing? Let’s break it down and see.
Love the Lord our God with:
- Heart: We can show our love for God by giving Him first place in our thoughts, prayers, and actions. In everything we do, we can demonstrate that our hearts belong to God.
- Soul: Devote ourselves to prayer and Bible study, “soul food,” so we can discern God’s will for us.
- Mind: Keep our minds sharp by accurately researching our subject matter, networking with other writers, and seeking instruction.
- Strength: We should write regularly and build those writing muscles. And let’s not forget to take care of our bodies (diet and exercise).
And Your Neighbor as Yourself
Our readers are our neighbors. A neighbor is anyone you have contact with, in person, online, or through your published work. Our neighbors come in all shapes and sizes. By knowing our readers and what they want, we can tailor our writing to their demographics and interests.
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