Love Your Neighbor (12/4/2022)
“And the second is like to it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew
After having told His followers that loving God with all of their heart, soul, and mind
was the first and greatest commandment, Jesus continues with the second and equal
commandment that the people did not expect: loving their neighbor as themselves.
We should never lose sight of the love we are to have toward our fellows, especially
our brothers and sisters in Christ. And Jesus is not talking about a shallow,
meaningless kind of love—it is a sincere love that stimulates a genuine concern for
others. It is a love that is demonstrated.
Such a love requires that we set aside jealousy and selfish ambition and focus on
developing our hearts to think the best of others and to do our best to help them
become the best servant they can be for the Lord.
This kind of love is an identifying characteristic of God’s children—a love that,
without which, we do not really have a substantial claim to be a faithful child of God.