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Neighborly Love

The COVID-19 situation has been hard for all of us in some way or another. For those suffering from the virus or experiencing loss of a loved one as a result of the virus, life is very grim in this season. And to add extra salt to the wound, we are getting caught up in a battle of opinions and perspectives, forgetting to love one another.

There are some people who are ready to get back to ‘normal’. They are ready for all stay at home orders to be lifted so that they can return to work, play and school like before. On the other hand, there are others who wish to stay at home a while longer, hoping to continue to curb the spread.

I respect both perspectives.

However, it saddens me to see and hear people on one side of the issue or the other condemning and disrespecting people on the opposite side for their perspective.

Really?

If my brothers and sisters in Christ, and I cannot reflect HIS LIGHT, and love like Jesus during a pandemic, how can we expect our witness to be effective when the pandemic is over?

NEIGHBORLY LOVE

Genuine, unconditional love is giving selflessly. The kind of love Jesus extends to us. The kind of love Jesus commands us to give to our family and….our neighbors.

Jesus is not just referring to the people living beside us or in our neighborhood. He is referring to everybody! We are commanded to love ALL others as Jesus loves us.

How is this possible? There are some people we just dont like, right?  Can we love someone we do not like?

Yes. Through love in Christ , we can love others, even those we don’t really like.

It is possible because God loved us so much that He gave His only son, Jesus, to die for our sins, so we could be saved. When we accept His love and forgiveness, we become free from our self(the human need to be all about me) and we become more sensitive to the needs of others.

A born again child of God has the power to love others sacrificially as Jesus loves us. A power that expounds from the believer loving God with all his heart and mind. By that power, a believer will help another without second thoughts or regard to his or her own inconvenience or discomfort.  By that power,  a believer genuinely puts others first. By that power, a believer obeys God.

How are you loving your neighbors?

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