Wednesday, 21 April 2021
Title: Love Your Neighbor as Yourself
Author: Pastor Wallace Ong

Matthew 22:36-40 NLT
“Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?” Jesus replied, “’You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”

When I ponder on how Jesus loves us and the forgiveness that he has given us, I found that his love and grace is so amazing! He decided to love us even before we did anything to honor or obey him. He loved us even before we chose to love him and while we were still sinners. There is no requirement for us to do anything in order for him to love us, but instead we obey him because we feel completely loved and forgiven by him. Once we understand that God loves us even though we don’t deserve it, then it becomes so much easier to love other people in an unconditional way. And because of his forgiveness, we can love the people around us without expecting anything in return for our kindness.

As Christians, we are not called to love because of what we can receive in return but we are asked to love because of the overwhelming love we have already received from our Lord Jesus Christ. Sometimes our earthly wisdom or traditions can get in the way of our ability to love people the way Jesus did. Jesus did not decide to love people based on what they wore, how they talked, or how nice they treated him. Jesus loved every person including those people who were disliked by others or seen as outcasts.

Today, let us meditate and give thanks on how Jesus has loved us. Be thankful for His grace and His forgiveness to us. With our grateful hearts, let us love and serve others like how Jesus has set the examples for us to follow.

Prayer:
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for sending your one and only son Jesus Christ to show your great love, and to be a wonderful example for us. Help us to realize and feel in our hearts the greatness of your love and help us to love others the same way Jesus did. May our hearts be filled with joy of salvation and hope in eternal life with You. Thank you, dear Heavenly Father. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

每日灵粮
星期三, 2021年4月21日
标题:爱人如己
作者:王振威传道
翻译:陈健萍姐妹

马太福音22:36-40
“夫子,律法上的诫命,哪一条是最大的呢?” 耶稣对他说:“你要尽心、尽性、尽意爱主你的神。这是诫命中的第一,且是最大的。其次也相仿,就是要爱人如己。这两条诫命是律法和先知一切道理的总纲。”

当我思考耶稣何等爱我们并我们蒙受祂的赦免宽恕时,我发现祂的爱和恩典是如此令人惊叹不已!即便我们未做任何尊荣祂或顺服祂的事情之前,祂就已决定爱我们了。在我们选择爱祂之前,甚至在我们还作罪人的时候,祂就已经先爱我们了。我们不需要做任何事来让祂爱我们,相反地,我们顺服祂,因为我们感到自己完全被祂爱着,而且已蒙祂宽恕。一旦我们明白上帝爱我们,虽然我们不配得到祂的爱,那么,无条件地爱别人就变得容易多了。因为祂的宽恕,我们可以爱我们周围的人,而不指望我们的好意得到任何回报。

作为基督徒,我们被呼召去爱,不是因为我们能得到什么回报,而是因为我们已经从我们的主耶稣基督领受了长阔高深的爱。有时,我们世俗的智慧或传统会阻碍我们像耶稣那般地爱人。耶稣并不根据人们的穿着、谈话方式或他们对祂有多好来决定去爱他们。耶稣爱每一个人,包括那些不受人喜欢或被遗弃的人。

今天,让我们默想耶稣多么地爱我们,并献上感恩;要为祂的恩典和祂对我们的宽恕而感恩。让我们怀着感恩的心去爱和服事他人,正如耶稣为我们树立的榜样一般。

祈祷:
亲爱的天父,感谢祢差祢独生的儿子耶稣基督来显明祢的大爱,并为我们树立一个美好的榜样。帮助我们认识到并在心中感受到祢爱的伟大,并帮助我们像耶稣一样去爱别人。愿我们心中充满救恩的喜乐,并与祢同在永恒里的盼望。谢谢祢,亲爱的天父。我奉耶稣的名祷告。阿们。