Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Day 11 - Love Your Neighbor

Mark 12:28-34

Yesterday, I wrote about the greatest command which is, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” I wrote how the Bible supports that the best way we can show our love to God is by obeying Him. Therefore, our love to God is the command that puts all other commands in order. Today, I am going to look at the command, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Please re-read Mark 12:28-34 today, if you haven’t already.

Since, I have just finished the study on Jesus’ parables; the parable of the Good Samaritan is fresh in my mind. This can be found in Luke 10:25-37; however, today I am not looking at this parable. I will say that this parable supports that anyone is considered our neighbor; it is not just people we feel comfortable around. So, as I am writing this post, please keep in mind that I am considering anyone in our sphere of influence our neighbor and we are to show love to them. Please look up John 13:34-35. Jesus was talking to His disciples in a very intimate setting. This was during the Last Supper, after Judas left the room; these were some of the last words Jesus would say to them before His death. Keep in mind, when a person knows that they are speaking some of their last words, they are going to make sure they say some things that are most important to them. Jesus just finished telling them that He would be leaving them soon and then said, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

Finally, please read John 15:16-17. Jesus tells His disciples that it is time to bear the fruit of Christ which is, “Love each other.” The concept of loving each other is so important that it is all over the Bible. It is commanded in the Old Testament, and it is commanded in the New Testament. We are told by Jesus Himself that loving our neighbors is the second most important thing we could do in our walk with Him; the most important is to love Him. The following scriptures support and remind us the importance of the loving each other. Ephesians 4:2 says, “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” 1 Peter 1:22 says, “Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart.” I wondered if it was emphasized so much because it is so difficult; it is not always easy to love each other. Sometimes very deep wounds come from fellow believers in the church; however, God still calls us to love. It is not easy to love the person that hurt you, but remember that we are connected to the vine that gives us the fruit of love.

Are you showing love to those around you?

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