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  • Joe Norton

Love Your Neighbor (12/4/2022)

“And the second is like to it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew

22:39).


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.

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