He who loves His brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in Him. 1 John 2:10 NKJV
The Lord once said to me, “Serve your brother.” Today the Lord is telling me to love my neighbor. How can I be sure it is God is speaking to me?
Jesus said, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another. As I have loved you that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples that you love one another.”
God’s second greatest commandment to us is, “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
John loved Jesus deeply. There was something about his character and personality that enabled John to express his love for Jesus so freely. God created John. The Lord filled John’s heart with love for Jesus.
I love Jesus! The Lord has forgiven me of so much. I love Him very much. It is easy for me to love Jesus. God gave me that gift. The Lord created me with the capacity to freely express my love for Jesus!
Loving people is not easy for me!
When I feel like someone wrongs me I turn my back on them. When someone is rude or disrespectful I want to give it back to them. When I am attacked I want to fight back.
How can I love my unlovable neighbors and serve people who take advantage of my willingness to serve them?
John wrote, he who loves his brother abides in the light. Jesus is the light. We cannot find our way through the darkness of sin and shame without loving people the way Jesus did. Loving other people is the best way to express our love for Jesus!
The Christian life is lived out in relationship with Jesus. The Christian life is also lived out in our relationships with each other. Jesus wants the evidence of our love for Him to be seen in the way we live in loving relationships with each other!
How can you and I love each other? We must submit to Jesus. We must confess that loving people is impossible without Jesus. We must let Jesus love people through us!
If you tell me I should not steal, cheat, or lie, be unfaithful to my wife or look at pornography I can feel surprisingly good about those things. Loving people is not so easy for me. Jesus wants all me to turn to Him so He can love people through me!
Tell Jesus you want to love your neighbor. Tell Him you want to serve His people. Jesus will give you the faith to love them. He will give you the faith to serve them.
Abide in the light of Jesus Christ so you will not stumble in your faith!
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