“Love your Neighbor as yourself.” (Feb2018)

  For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this command.

   My thoughts have been turned towards having compassion and loving others as Christ Loves. How do I get to that point in my life when I see someone standing on the side of the road with a sign asking for money “knowing they are not homeless” and seeing past my preconceived notions and feelings…..Or when I watch a brother or sister in Christ or family make the same mistakes over and over hoping for a different outcome. Or when I treat my husband with harshness, impatience and anger and yet expect sweetness, patience and love in return.

    What does it mean to “Love your neighbor as yourself” and how do I consistently default to compassion and Love and not indifference and judgement. I think in listening to Luke’s teaching on Sunday is one good way. Practice compassion, practice gentleness, practice Christ love or in Pastor Cleaves teaching on Thursday looking at others like Christ does as a new creation. ‘Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. Old things have disappeared, and—look!—all things have become new!’ 2Cor5:17

    ‘What if I could speak all languages of humans and of angels? If I did not love others, I would be nothing more than a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. What if I could prophesy and understand all secrets and all knowledge? And what if I had faith that moved mountains? I would be nothing, unless I loved others. What if I gave away all that I owned and let myself be burned alive? I would gain nothing, unless I loved others. Love is kind and patient, never jealous, boastful, proud, or rude. Love isn't selfish or quick tempered. It doesn't keep a record of wrongs that others do. Love rejoices in the truth, but not in evil. Love is always supportive, loyal, hopeful, and trusting. Love never fails!   Everyone who prophesies will stop, and unknown languages will no longer be spoken. All that we know will be forgotten. We don't know everything, and our prophecies are not complete. But what is perfect will someday appear, and what isn't perfect will then disappear.  When we were children, we thought and reasoned as children do. But when we grew up, we quit our childish ways. Now all we can see of God is like a cloudy picture in a mirror. Later we will see him face to face. We don't know everything, but then we will, just as God completely understands us. For now there are faith, hope, and love. But of these three, the greatest is love.’ 1Cor13:1-13