Photo courtesy: ©Thinkstock/monkeybusinessimages. The Bible says He planned it for us from the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4). Nevertheless, we are called to love others. Likewise. Jesus did not invent this concept in the first century, but it was always the heart of God for mankind. For example, their clothing tag is sticking out or they have food on their face so you let them know. How dare we not love what the Father loves. Jesus highlighted this in His story in Matthew 18 when Peter asks how many times is he to forgive. We can be more intentional with our words by looking for and magnifying the good. He tells the story of a king who forgave an enormous debt to one of his servants. He’s the source of our love. I don’t know why she was so angry but she may have had other circumstances surrounding her that day. But loving your neighbor as yourself isn’t always easy. Knowing God is love and that this love is for you is not enough. What Does it Mean to Love Your Neighbor as Yourself? We’re imperfect beings that do dumb things often. Danielle Bernock writes about overcoming the effects of childhood and emotional trauma through the power of the love of God. Sometimes even out of our need. Let them know you’re there for them. God the Father is the source of all love. That’s why God made it a command. The seeds must be planted and cared for. God loved us even before Jesus gave Himself for us. The one who had compassion. Compassion does something. The Bible says we are to “rejoice with those who rejoice, mourn with those who mourn” (Romans 12:15). The NIV translation of 1 Corinthians 13 says, “love protects.” In Philippians 2:4 it says, “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Loving your neighbor as yourself is to look out for other people’s wellbeing. God created the world using words. The Amazing Power of Prayer from the Inside Out, 4 Things to Know about "Jingle Jangle," Netflix's Epic Family-Friendly Musical, This site is a proud member of the Salem Web Network, a subsidiary of, Copyright © 2020, #4 “but you shall love your neighbor as yourself:” The absence of grudges and hatred will not be indifference, but love. Not once. His desire here in Leviticus, a book hated by the unbelieving world, is that men and women would love their neighbor as themselves. She was behind me so got stuck at the red light with me. Too begin to love your neighbor as yourself, you need to know two things: you need to know what love is and that you are loved. Contrary to what unbelieving critics of Christianity may say, God’s character is consistent in Scripture from start to finish. Don't Lose Thanksgiving in the Christmas Prep! We’re all a work in progress. You've planned for your future. The measurement within this command is—as yourself. To look out for them is to pay attention. Even those who have no love for God see the value of the story. Not that we loved God but that He loved us and sent his Son as a propitiation…” (1 John 4:10). It is not that we as his agents are not called to exact justice as vested authorities from God, such as when the state carries out the rule of law in just and fair ways, but to hold a grudge is to hold onto hatred, and God will not have it in his people. He demanded payment of a small debt from his neighbor. I got stuck in grieving daze because a family member died. Everyone does dumb things; no one is always right or knows everything. Not twice. #2 “…or bear a grudge…” God’s concern is never simply about our actions, but also our hearts. Maybe they have a reason. I remember sitting through a green light. Photo courtesy: @Thinkstock/AntonioGuillem. He knew we’d struggle. For you to love your neighbor as yourself, you’ll have a heart to serve them. Love is not easily offended or critical.