Love Your Neighbor

This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

John 15:12-13

The Lord Jesus taught us that we should love one another, and that we should be willing to lay down our lives for our friends. While he laid down his life in the ultimate manner, giving up his life for us, we can lay down our lives for each other without out dying. We can give up our hopes, our dreams, our money, and our time, to others. My wife and I were talking the other day, and I said something that I consider profound. I had never thought of it before, or really even thought about it, so it must have come from God. We were talking about what good and evil were. What the Lord gave me was that evil looks inward to ourselves. It is the desire to please self above all. Good looks outward to others. It is the desire to please others. The ultimate good is to please God, rather than ourselves.

Jesus said in Mark 12:31, “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” When questioned about who is our neighbor in Luke 10:29, he gave the parable about the Good Samaritan. The teaching of that parable is that our neighbor is not the one of our choosing, but the one that we come across that is in need. We come across those in need every day. Anywhere we go, we run across people who need Christ. There is no greater need in anyone’s life than this. Are we laying down our lives in love for these people. Are we giving of ourselves, our time, our money, our being? Are we putting others before ourselves, that they might know Jesus? If we are good, if we are righteous, then we will be doing this. I pray to God that I am doing this. I pray that you are, too.

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