Matthew 22: 37 Jesus replied: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."
Luke 6: 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.
John 15: 10 If you keep my commands, you will
remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commands and remain
in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and
that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as
I have loved you.
These commands seem so simple at first
glance. It's easy to love your neighbor as yourself when you like your
neighbor, but do we still keep this command when it is someone we do not
particularly care for? It seems like more and more people believe it is
okay to say whatever they want about other people. You see it all over
social media, along with the repercussions, some with
incredibly tragic consequences. When you talk about
another person, both good and bad, you need to remind yourself that you
are talking about another one of God's creations. None of us are
perfect, but God still loves each and every one of us.
often said if you learn nothing else from me remember that God loves
you, not in our limited, romanticized, human view of love; rather, God
loves you more than you can ever know or completely understand. He loves
us absolutely and unconditionally. Because God loves you, you are to
love others as well: the people you like, don't like, and everyone in
between. This has especially been weighing on me as I meet and hear
stories about children, youth, and even adults who believe they are
unloved and unlovable. Moreover, the extent of the things people
(Christians included) are open to saying and doing to each other to
intentionally cause harm to another person is troubling to say the
least. Bullying and mistreating others is viewed as entertaining instead
of a serious problem. This cannot continue. If you truly understand
that God loves you,
and His joy resides within us, then you must love others in the same
way. When you "love your neighbor as yourself" and "Love each other as I
(Christ) have loved you," then you honor Jesus and His name is
Live right. Treat others with respect. Walk in the
Joy of Jesus Christ. Above all else, know to your very core that God
loves you, and nothing can ever change that. Be blessed, my friends!