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. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”
Simple. Just two things on our to-do list. Love God …Love People. If we do those two things everything else falls in place.
If loving God “with all your heart” seems difficult, loving “your neighbor as yourself” feels nearly impossible sometimes. Loving those who “love us back” in our families is one thing, but loving your neighbor (who Jesus defined as anyone you came in contact with btw) completely raises the level of difficulty.
Last week I challenged everyone at actionchurch to find ways to show love to our neighbors…whoever they happen to be. Ironically I have personally had the great pleasure and challenge of meeting “new neighbors” who were drunk, angry, demanding, and/or mildly frightening :-) (Yeah, I know God has a sense of humor) How did your week of loving your neighbor go?
Loving people gets messy. Things get messed up. This week @ actionchurch we’ll talk about loving people when things get messy. How to break through conflict by Loving God AND loving people.
Between Bluefrom Delaware will be on stage as our “musical guest”. Make plans to bring a “neighbor”.