The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not covet”; and any other commandment, are summed up in this word, “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
This echoes Jesus in Matthew 22:35-40; Mark 12:28-31; and Luke 10:25-28. Jesus teaches that the scriptures hang on two hinges:
“‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
If Jesus (and Paul) would have love God and love others as summarising the scriptures, is it appropriate, when we get to “difficult” passages in the scriptures, that we read them through the lenses of “love God and love others”?