Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Weekly Devotion: Loving your neighbors intentionally



Week 3:  Loving your neighbors intentionally

Maybe you have been moved to do something after celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day yesterday or reading the real problem with America.  This devotion and theme of loving your neighbors is a great place to start....

 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” 
 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.  Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’  The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”  Mark 12:28-31

Here in Mark Jesus summed up all the commandments in just a couple sentences. Love the Lord your God with all of your being and love your neighbors as yourself.  Pretty cut and dry, right?  Pretty easy…sounding.  It’s when we put those into practice that it gets a little harder.
Loving God means putting Him as a priority for our life, time, relationships and work.  Once we intentionally put God first and love Him, spend time getting to know Him by reading the Bible it becomes easier to love our neighbors. 
It’s pretty easy to love others and our neighbors when we agree, get along and everything is going well.  It’s when they bump into your car, you slip on their driveway, or they have a loud party without warning, it gets a little more challenging.  God lavishly gives us with grace and love.  Let’s love lavishly and intentionally friends.  Let's shovel, have them over for dinner, bake goodies for them, have conversations and get to know and love your neighbors.  (Whoever they may be, or wherever they may be!)
          Dear Lord,
Thank you for Jesus.  Help us to love You truly and to love our neighbors as ourselves.  Help us to do these even in the hard seasons or circumstances of life.  Thank you for your lavish love and grace.  Help us to love lavishly.
In Your name,
Amen

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