Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 02/14/16

This week’s scripture is from Luke:

Jesus Christ 4“Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:27)

How difficult, how challenging, it can be to love others as much as we love ourselves, to love them like God loves them, to love unconditionally. Certainly it is easy to love those who love us and to love those like us. Of course we love our wife or husband, but the Lord’s command to love is not speaking of love in a romantic sense. He does not command us to love like lovers.

The Lord’s command to love is not so much about feeling. It is an act of the heart, yes, but it is an act of the will. Did we show our love by serving? Did we visit the sick? Did we feed the hungry? Did we give drink to the thirsty? Did we clothe those who needed clothes? Did we do for the least of them without thought of self or compensation or gratitude, but from the heart, from a heart set on God, to do as Christ would have done? Did we love?

May the Lord give you a heart to love others as He loves you.

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