Women of New Season: Love your neighbor


Romans 12: 10:  Be devoted to one another in love.  Honor one another above yourselves.

Mark 12: 30-31:  Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.  The second is this, “Love your neighbor as yourself.”  There is no commandment greater than these.”

My husband was a man who truly loved people.  Rich, poor, a fashion plate or a grimy person dirty from work or hard times.  No matter, he loved them.  For years I watched him interact with others, he was kind.  Please don’t be mistaken and think he let people run over him, he would stand against someone when it was necessary, but he loved everyone.

Through the years of our Christian walk and ministry, I learned from him to love people too.  It sort of rubs off on you when you are with someone 24/7.  I wanted to have that attribute, to him it was second nature but to me it was work.  As I studied the Bible I realized that to do otherwise was wrong, sinning actually.

Am I perfect at this task now? No!  But I’ve improved and I am going to continue to improve.  I find the more I love others the easier it gets.  That grumpy server that makes you want to lessen their tip, may have just been dumped by her husband, or found out her mom has cancer, or learned she is losing her home.  We never think of those things.  In truth she might just be a nasty person, but it isn’t her action that is vital to you, it’s your reaction.

How do we react to situations which are uncomfortable?  Do we try to view the person with eyes of compassion, or do we let our anger, judgment or hurt feelings rule the moment?  God expects our reaction to be like that of Jesus.  Yes, we will have many situations like this, and most of them will probably be totally inexcusable on the part of the person coming against us, but that doesn’t give us a license to react wrongly.  We can quickly whisper a pray to God to help us in this situation.  A lot of times we’ll fail and react badly.  But we have to try to love our neighbor and honor others above our own feelings and desires.  Easy?  No way!  Possible? Yes, with much prayer and letting Holy Spirit control our behavior.

Try to consider what may be going on in their lives.  It won’t be easy, but we can learn by renewing our minds.  It’s the God Thing to do.  The right thing.  The more you love, the more you will be loved.  We always reap what we sow.  Give it a try, you won’t regret obeying our wonderful God.  Until next time!

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