Love Your Neighbor

By Dr. D. Wayne Beeks | April 11, 2019

Mother Teresa once said, “If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”

So simple and succinct of words.  It is written many times in the bible that we shall love our neighbors as ourselves if we truly love God, for we are of one body in Christ.  The Apostle Paul wrote in the book of Romans, “Now as we have many parts in one body, and all the parts do not have the same function, in the same way, we who are many are one body in Christ and individually members of one another.” (12:4-5)

One of the Pharisees, being an expert in the Law of Moses and seeking to test Jesus, asked Jesus, what is the greatest commandment, to which Jesus replied; “Jesus declared, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:37-40)

A person that cannot love their neighbor as them self, cannot love Jesus Christ nor can they walk daily in His word.   They lie to themselves and to God.  “If anyone says, “I love God,” and yet hates his brother or sister, he is a liar.  For the person who does not love his brother or sister whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.  And we have this command from him:  The one who loves God must also love his brother and sister.” (1 John 4:20-21)

God loved us first and we are one body in Christ, and as Christians, as believers, and as doers of the Word, we must also love and keep each other.  To love your neighbor as yourself is the basis of the “Golden Rule” we all heard as a child, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”; together in our love of one another according to His word, we shall find the beginnings of peace, respect, and understanding.

 

May grace and blessings be in your path.

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