This is not new. But sometimes it helps to look at something with a different perspective to broaden our understanding.
So, what is the greatest thing ever said?
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. (Matthew 22:37 NIV)
The second greatest thing that has ever been said is similar to it.
Love your neighbor as yourself. (Matthew 22:39 NIV)
We normally think of these two statements from Jesus and from God to Israel as the two greatest commandments on which all of the law of God hangs. But thinking about them as the two greatest statements every made give a different perspective on the absolute necessity of both of them for life and living well.
Without devotion to God we will rob ourselves of the eternal life God has planned and is preparing for us.
Without love for our fellow man, we also rob ourselves of God’s eternal reward, but we also live this life without justice, mercy, kindness, consideration and all of the other things that makes fellowship with one another all that God intended it to be.
The two greatest things ever said can be who we are, if we just listen to God.