Think Spot 2 January 2017
Happy New Year! It is now 2017! WOW! Time marches on – one second at a time! Each of us can make a difference in this world. Are you aware of that? Let’s see what we can do in 2017!
One of the most well-known bible verses is when Jesus says “Love your neighbour as yourself.” But did you know he is actually quoting from Leviticus 19:18b “love your neighbour as yourself. I am the Lord.” What does that mean for us today?
As Christians we are to live right lives – to be holy. That is a fundamental about being a Christian. It means being practical and loving others – not just in words but in action. Not just saying I love you but showing that you do. It means sometimes doing things we don’t want to do. Or not doing things we want to do. It means putting others first and ourselves last. It means not showing favouritism – to the rich or the poor, to the beautiful and the not so beautiful.
Loving others as yourself, does not mean loving yourself less. It means loving others more. It means holding the interests of others higher than your own. It means honouring others above yourself.
How are you doing at loving others – all others? Are you loving others generously & selflessly? Or are you saying you love them, but only on your own terms or only in words and not in action. Loving them selfishly by putting your own needs first and others after yourself.
Here is a challenge for you. Go into this new week determined to love others – all others – without favouritism. Each of us has ways in which we feel the love of others. We all have our own needs & wants. Ask somebody else today that what it is that you could do for them that would make them feel that they are loved and valued. You may well be surprised that it is something very simple and you would never have found out what it was unless you had asked.
As we go into this new year of 2017, let’s be committed to showing practical love to all we meet – one person at a time. Imagine the difference that could make to the world! WOW!