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Love Your Neighbor

October 21, 2013

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It is difficult to commit a sin that doesn’t hurt someone. Even the little sin we justify by saying it is only hurting ourselves will at some point effect another:

  • Missing church? – You have deprived me of our fellowship
  • Going off your diet? – You might deprive us of your earthly presence too soon
  • Cheated on your taxes? – Someone will likely be deprived of some program or grant

Here’s how to make it easier to avoid these kinds of sins: We have to love others more. Paul reminds us of that in Romans 13:8-10. He lists off a few of “the big sins” as ones that we would never commit against a loved one, but the idea trickles all the way down to the “small” secret sins.

The Good Samaritan - Rembrandt - 1630

The Good Samaritan – Rembrandt – 1630

Loving everyone is tough. There are many that do a poor job of making themselves lovable, but we have to try and work through that. When we love someone, we wouldn’t even think of sinning against them. This is the point Paul s trying to drive home in Romans 13:9 – “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” – even when you don’t think you can for those that “don’t deserve it.”

Who else said that? Jesus not only said those exact words in Matthew 22:39, but he said something else that was even more extraordinary – He referred this commandment to the greatest commandment (Matthew 22:37) as being just like it!

To love your neighbor is loving God

As I leave you to consider this, I hope you will take a look at The Parable of the Good Samaritan for some insight into just what Jesus had in mind when he taught about everyone to love your neighbor.

Daily Bible reading for October 21

Psalm 81
1 Kings 14:1-20
Ezekiel 44
Romans 13

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