Matthew 22:37–40 (NLT): 37Jesus replied, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’38This is the first and greatest commandment.39A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’40The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”
Loving your neighbour is just as important as loving God, Most people miss this one. Loving others is very important to God, especially those who are in need, but in today’s world our needs seems to be more important than others. - “Why should I give when I don’t have enough myself?” Well for starters, God does not think like this, actually, He says if you give to those in need, you will receive more then you give. This is a supernatural way of giving and takes faith, which is why few in this world do it.
Why should we look out for our neighbour?
This scripture from Jesus was not original, by original I mean, it was not the first time it was said. In Leviticus 19:18 (over 1500 years before) it was written: “Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against a fellow Israelite, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD.”
The original Jewish translation of " neighbour as yourself” is “be-loving to your neighbour (as one) like yourself", or “one who is human like yourself”. So we could read Matthew 22:39 as:
“Second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbour because they are human just like yourself.’”
Your neighbour (which is anyone in need according to Jesus teachings, not just those you like - this includes your enemies) is human, and has similar failings and sinful ways like you. At one time some religious leaders dragged a women before Jesus and his followers.
“Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery. The Law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?” John 8:4–5 (NLT).
They wanted to trap Jesus, and find some wrong in Him or His teachings, but Jesus was perfect and wise (God’s Wisdom).
They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” John 8:7 (NLT).
What Jesus was really saying was, yes she has sinned and done wrong, and has been caught in a sin, but everyone here is human just like her, and as such are all sinners
Romans 3:23: “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard”.
This woman has been caught, so how many of you here who are human and sinners just like her can say they have not sinned, even in secret?
When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle with the woman. Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?” “No, Lord,” she said. And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.” John 8:9–11 (NLT).
(This also shows we are in a time of God's Grace, not judgement. Yes, that is right - God is not judging you, He has actually forgiven everybody - all mankind, and all a person needs to do is accept it. But remember, judgement is coming, but it is not at this time).
We are all human. Do you have an attitude against someone who said something about you? Well then, have you ever said anything against that person, or anybody for that matter? Have you been wronged, well, have you ever wronged anyone, even without knowing?
We need to realise most of us are like the rest of us. We all have been offended, but at some stage in life, we have offended someone else, mostly without knowing (that is how most offenses happen). You have been robbed, yet can you say you have never taken anything that is not yours, even the smallest of things? Even though you can make an excuse for it, it was so small nobody would miss it, or I found it - if it is not yours and you take it, then you are sealing, and that is a sin. White lies are lies, if you have had lies said about you and you want amends, make sure that you have never lied about anyone else, even without realising the truth.
Humans seem to be ready to judge the failing of others, but never ready to confess thier own, we see the small faults of others, but are blind to our own huge faults. Jesus put it this way:
“Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged. “And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? 5Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye. Matthew 7:1–5 (NLT).
Here is an example of loving your neighbour in its simplest form. If you were in this story what would of you done?
It was just another train journey home for Oscar 'Isaac' Theil. But the 65-year-old Orthodox Jew has become a social media hero after an image of a black man sleeping on his shoulder for more than 30 minutes. Theil was on the train of the Kensington section of Brooklyn, New York, when the unidentified man fell asleep on his shoulder last Friday.
Another commuter was surprised at the scene and softly asked if he wanted help to wake the slumbering man. "He had a long day so let him sleep. We've all been there" ... was Orthodox Jew Oscar 'Isaac' Theil's answer when asked if he wanted the sleeping man removed from his shoulder.
The commuter took a photograph and posted it online with a brief explanation.
"There's still hope in humanity," said Facebook user Michael Bartley, whose comment alone got 13,583 likes.
"I don't see a black man and a Jewish man - I see two people," added Georgina Gainsford-De Giogrio.
Theil said it was his sister Pam Russ, who lives in Montreal, Canada, who made him aware of the online interest generated from the photograph. His phone hasn't stopping ringing. He has even had calls from Israel.
"She was the first person to call and tell me how proud she was of me," Theil said.
He downplayed the incident.
"I just kept steady so he would be able to sleep. It wasn't easy to do because he was dead weight."
Theil eventually had to wake the man sleeping on his shoulder as he had to get off.
"I didn't want to scare him awake," he said. "I turned around to look at him and he was dazed."
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