One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”
“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
"Religious performance deceives us by saying: “Impress God and he will approve of you.” The truth of the gospel, however, says: “You don’t have to impress God because Jesus has impressed him for you.” We serve not to receive his love but because we have already received his love, and love will compel a man to do remarkable things."