Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment." - Matthew 22:37-38
We're able to love because He first loved us. He wants us to turn our eyes to Him and remain steadfast in Him, to love Him above all. What a privilege to be able to love such a wondrous God.
Jesus teaches us how to love and then in turn we can share that love with others.
Matthew 22:39 reminds us - A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Jesus is telling His people that their next greatest responsibility is to love their neighbor as dearly as they love themselves. When we love others the way we love God we spread His hope and light.
Our ability to love one another is a true characteristic of a disciple of Christ, John 13:34-35 says, So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”
No matter how difficult, let Jesus' example guide you and inspire you to reach out and show grace and love to those around you.
The Parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:25-37, is one that is familiar to most Christians. It depicts a beautiful picture of neighborly love.
It shows how you can be a loving neighbor even to those who don't know you. When a helping hand is needed and you are able then we should seek the Lord and then do what He says.
Ephesians 6:18 say, Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.
You can pray for people around you or complete strangers. But be led by the Spirit in your prayer, Romans 8:26 - And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. We need that support in order to move forward when we are feeling weak and uncertain. Prayer is a huge way you can help your neighbor. You never really know what they are going through but you can never go wrong with praying for them.
“Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me” - Matt. 25:40.