Jesus said that “all the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments”:
- Love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.
- Love your neighbor as yourself.
(Matthew 22:37-40; Mark 12:28-34)
We’re in the midst of reviewing 50 commands straight from the mouth of Jesus that show what it reeeeeally means to love God and others. Here’s today’s featured command:
You are the salt of the earth. Salt is good, but if salt loses its flavor, how can it be made salty again? It is good for nothing — neither fit for the land nor for the dung heap — and will be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
Have salt in yourselves and peace with one another.
(Matthew 5:13; Mark 9:50; Luke 14:34-35)
How do these words from more than 2,000 years ago apply to us today? Jesus’ followers are called to be different. We should stand out from the world around us.
Salt has two main uses: preservation and flavor. Christians are called to rub themselves into this decaying world to help keep it from going bad. If we lose our saltiness, we look and taste just like the world and we might as well be thrown out and stomped on.
Do what Jesus says: Be the salt of the earth and live at peace with one another.
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