What Does It Mean To Love Thy Neighbor? Not Necessarily What You Think.


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The God Kind of Love

Leviticus 19:34 But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.

Christians can “give an inch” and get a mile! What? that sounds wrong. Not with a loving God and doing His will here on Earth. What prayer is the “default prayer”? The Lords prayer, Why? Because it is perfect.

OK, let get to loving thy neighbor.

Matthew 7:12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.

Loving thy neighbor is a Christian entire world neighbor Love. Anything less is selfish and narrow minded. We are not narrow minded because Jesus fixed that. Our mind is renewed. You might not like the person in the house next to you and down the street. That’s missing Gods point.

James 2:8 If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: 9 But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.

All humans since the great fall are selfish to a certain extent, everyone, without exception. We have to be selfish in our flesh, our flesh wants to survive in the WORLD. But we are not of the world. God created us for his pleasure. In the very beginning God the creator held the universe in the palm of His hand like a tiny, shinny little firefly Then with a faint flick of his finger caused it to be. That is how he does things. Everything is thought of and spoke in to existence.(words) The world may call it the big bang, not me, I call it the big love.

Galatians 5:14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

He created the trillion upon trillions of stars and planets just for you. There is only one of you in the entire universe. Wow! God loves you that much!. He had you on his mind and every event since the beginning of time had to happen just so you could be able to read this. That’s hard to wrap your mind around but it is what it is. There may be some form of life all over the universe but we are the only ones that can look up into the heavens and wonder if there is a God. God did that too, just for you.

Romans 13:8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. 9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.:10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. Luke 10:25 And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? 26 He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou? :27 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.

Forget about other intelligent life in the universe. God would have to set up shop everywhere and Jesus would have to be crucified over and over again. That makes no sense. God turned His head and the angels cried when JESUS died for you. We are it, His Great Love! Dear Saints love Him back.

Above all things is love it says in 1st Corinthians. With out love we are nothing, empty and useless to God.

Lets stop now and worship our loving Father who loved FIRST:

I ’m surrounded by a billion people, I Still at times feel all alone, But only when I am not thinking of you, Oh, let me come home, Oh, I miss you, you know

Let me go home, I’ve had my run, When will I pass your test , I trust you, I gotta go home, Let me come home, It will all be all right, you know what’s best I’m coming home someday.

Our neighbors are all of humankind, the one we try not to think about. Those 30,000 children that starve day in and out. The countess miseries of hundreds of nations killing, slaughtering there own people. When we are narrow minded with our world love we try not think of these things because we feel that there is nothing you can do about it. Wrong. Love thy neighbor. The God kind of love- Agape

We are a the most giving nation on Earth but are we the most loving? Do we donate our time and energies to assuage our guilt? only in our hearts can we answer that question. Lord, how can I help.

God wants to be part of every aspect of our life, included in everything we do, not just at church or a minute or two in your prayer closet. We should walk every moment with our loving father talking with and loving Him with our Spirit. This is why he created us. He wants all of us not part of us. We are being selfish if we just think of our Father once a day or once a week. What a waste and how sad.

God is eager and willing to be involved in every thing you do. How could you fail with God always on your mind. Walking in the love of God 24 hours a day. Now that’s love! how much do we owe our very Godly inheritance to? Well of course! God. Take time, don’t say I will pray about it and get back to you, NO! listen and love God and act. God is whisper away.

God wants us to love thy neighbors, those poor, helpless and hungry children and other people that have nothing. What can we do to love our neighbors? by loving God and those we don’t even know and might not ever know. By honoring and loving God. By a continuous sustained worship in Him and mentioning to Him that you are concerned about this and that. Concerned about all the terrible ugly things that we don’t want to think about what’s happening to other unfortunate humankind. Lord! how fortunate I am to have come to you. Let us lift up to our Father all humankind to God. Lets all do it at once in harmony all of one spirit and one mind.

I love my neighbors near and far, especially those far. This is our purpose: To love God with all your heart and all might. But more over love thy neighbor, For with out love we are nothing at all.

Pastor Scott

Universal Body of Christ Church

 

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