One of them, a lawyer, asked Him [Jesus] a question, testing Him, “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 foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”

Matthew 22:35-40 (NASB1995)

To love the Lord, we must believe He cares
and that He has forgiven all our sins,
for if He castigates the one who errs,
then fear will rule, and love will never win.

To love our neighbor, we must look at him
and see a being worthy of our trust,
but if we see his sins, our sight will dim,
the strongest bond will crumble into dust.

To love ourselves, we must believe that He
created us in His own likeness—pure.
Corruption of our souls could never be,
for God’s own goodness cannot but endure.

We love the Lord and join His endless mirth.
We love our neighbors—everyone on earth.
We love ourselves, for what He made has worth.