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The second is equally important: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” No other commandment is greater than these. Mark 12:31
Last week we rooted ourselves in the truth of God’s command to love Him with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength. This week, Christ calls us to love others. I desire my kids to have 100% confidence in my love for them. I want them to never doubt, for a second, how much I love and care for them. And then, I want them to spread that love all over the world.
“Do not waste time bothering whether you “love” your neighbor; act as if you did. As soon as we do this we find one of the great secrets. When you are behaving as if you loved someone you will presently come to love him.” -C.S. Lewis
Motherhood is one big act of generosity. It starts by us sharing our own body for goodness sake! Our new tenant may cause us to feel nauseous, depleted, and exhausted, but regardless of our feelings, love takes root. A new momma may not immediately feel in love with her newborn, but she cares for him and love grows exponentially.
Let’s commit to remembering this experience of loving generously regardless of emotion. Let’s repeat it in other areas of our lives when someone seemingly unlovable comes near. Let’s teach it to our children and let it take root in their soul. For love can grow in the darkest corners, if we will follow Christ’s commands.
In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” Acts 20:35
I’m a protective momma. I don’t want to see my kids get hurt. But sometimes, my protection gets in the way of Christ’s call to love others. In my desire to shelter, I may hinder what Jesus wants to do.
In the times that I’m more worried about safety and comfort, I want God to remind me that it really is more blessed to give than to receive.
“Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy.” -Thomas Merton
Thank you for being a God of example – a God of action. You don’t just tell us to love generously, you show us what it looks like. You gave the ultimate gift of love by sending Your Son Jesus to this earth to die for us. Talk about generosity! The undeserved are lavishly loved.
Lord, help me to love others like You love. Help me to get beyond my desire for comfort and safety and go where You are; to a life that is risky but full. Expose my judgmental thoughts and cause me to step out in faith and love even when I don’t think a person is worthy. Help me to stop sheltering my children and instead, have me expose them to Your call of loving greatly without fear. Make “love your neighbor as yourself” a reality in our home.
In Jesus name,
Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 1 John 4:11
We are bringing a new generation into a harsh world. It seems like we are more divided each new day. But God’s Word is full of commands to love others. Regardless of what the world says. Irrespective of our differences. Because of the love we freely receive from God.
Teach your children to love generously. Start by giving your own heart away. Live out Christ’s command to love your neighbor. Do it today and just see what God will do!