Is Every Human Being Your Neighbor?
Loving Others as God Loves You
by Veritas Vita 777
“If my heart is right with God, every human being is my neighbor.” – Oswald Chambers
I can’t love others as God has called me to love them without His love flowing into my life and out of me into other people’s lives. Do you think of every human being as your neighbor? Do you think of your enemy as your neighbor? I get it. Loving unconditionally as God loves is not easy. If it was easy, this world would be a far different place than it is today.
34 But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. 35 Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”
37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:34-40, NKJV)
Jesus told the Scribes that the greatest commandment was to love God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. He told them that the second greatest commandment is to love your neighbor as yourself.
That’s hard to do. But with God, all things are possible. He will give you the strength and grace you need to love others as God loves them. Loving others doesn’t mean that you condone their sin. First, you are not perfect. As a believer, you are made righteous through Jesus’s blood. However, you need to leave the judgment to God.
Of course, you need to stand up for what’s right and speak the truth in love. However, you need to focus on showing the love of God to others and trust that He is the One who will be working in the lives of others.
“If we hurt or harm another person by word of deed, we have not loved that person. Purpose today to love all others as you love yourself.” – Dr David Jeremiah
I’m assuming you love yourself. Hopefully, not selfishly and to the detriment of others. However, Jesus said that it’s important to love your neighbor as yourself.
Begin to value other people.
See people through God’s eyes.
Seek to show love to all.
Choose grace because God redeems.
No one is perfect. God doesn’t expect perfection from us. He knows we aren’t perfect. However, after being justified through Christ, God is sanctifying us day by day. Embrace that sanctification process and choose to love – and not hate – today.
Is every human being your neighbor?
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
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