Love your neighbor as yourself

16 Sep

It says in Mark 12:30-31 that after loving God, loving your neighbor is the next most important commandment.  “Neighbor” refers to all others, not just the people who live next door to you.  Lately, we have been trying to take this to heart.  Where do you start?  How do you love people who seem unlovable?  How do you not get discouraged when you see so much sorrow and despair and destructive choices and habits?  One small way that I’ve decided to show love is to stop and help people who are broken down on the side of the road.  I’ve always felt bad for driving by when people are in need.  A few weeks ago I stopped to help somebody whose car had broken down on I-94.  Traffic was going by nonstop, bumper to bumper, in three lanes over the course of about two hours.  Out of those thousands of passing cars, how many stopped to help?  Zero.  Are we really loving others as ourselves?  It is a challenge to step outside of your own thoughts and needs.  I’m just as guilty as anyone else.  Last night I drove past someone in need because I had an appointment to make.  What would the world look like if Christians actually loved their neighbors as themselves?  -Mike

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