Love Your Neighbor as Yourself
We religious types, many times, make religion too complicated. It’s good that God bursts through and calls us back to basics: Love God a whole lot and love each other as we want to be loved. Sometimes, I don’t exactly what it means to love God. I’m not sure if I should buy Jesus a birthday present on Christmas. Should I send God a Valentine Day’s card? So I’m still figuring that out. I do know what it means to love others, so I’ll concentrate on that. Because even though I know what it means – most of the time, it still isn’t easy and I don’t always get it right. But as I keep trying, I realize again this is part of the way that I actually keep the first commandment of loving God. God doesn’t expect a Christmas birthday present, but does expect us to love one another. We can do this year round, but Lent a great time to get this on the right track.
Think of somebody in a difficult situation – maybe a neighbor, maybe a relative, maybe a stranger whom you pass on the sidewalk or by the side of the road. Don’t just walk by today or put off reaching out until tomorrow. Reach out as you would like to be helped if you were in that difficulty situation.
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God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son;
so that everyone who believes in him might have eternal life.