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.
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.