It’s easy to say we love God. It’s also easy to love ourselves. Loving others can be a challenge, especially when people just rub us the wrong way. Why does Jesus tell us to love our neighbors as ourselves? Let’s face it, we love ourselves. People spend a good deal of time and money taking care of themselves. That is why it’s appropriate that Jesus gave this command. Jesus knew if we loved our neighbors as ourselves, our neighbors would get a lot of love. When a person ask for your help, do you help them out of love? We should be motivated to help others out of love. It can be very difficult but remember its not a suggestion it’s a commandment! Take action and show love for your neighbor, not because you feel like it but because God commands us to love. If you are wondering who your neighbor is, it is everyone. This question was also asked of Jesus, and this was his response:
28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”
29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii[c] and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’
36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” (Luke 10:25-37)
You may not know it but many of your neighbors are hurt and broken. Everyone is passing them by but no one will lend a helping hand. Will you help someone who is hurting today? Would you behave like the Samaritan who had compassion on a complete stranger? The greatest love you can show for anyone is to tell them of the hope that we have in Jesus Christ.
Jesus, thank you for speaking to me through your word. Forgive me for ignoring my neighbors and not showing love to them. Make me aware of others who are hurting and broken down on the road of life. Feel me with love and compassion to take my neighbor in and care for them. Jesus, may I be a witness and representative of your love.