Sometimes people bug me. I don’t know about you, but it seems like some individuals are trained to get under my skin. Let’s talk about traffic, need I say more. Or, the guy in the express lane(10 items or less) with like a full cart. Sigh. There just isn’t enough patience in the world sometimes.
I think Jesus knew that I of all people, needed the second of his commandments.
“Love your neighbor as yourself.” Mark 12:31 (NIV)
It seems so simple, I mean how hard can it be to love someone. Look at the obnoxious guy at the office and then tell me that. That’s what I thought. It seems so simple, but really it isn’t. So loving your neighbor might be a bit like eating your peas, you can wrap your head around it, if you’re prayed up.
It’s the end of the verse that leaves me struggling. The whole, “As yourself,” part.
We like ourselves an awful lot sometimes, needing a better boat than the guy next door and wearing the latest fashions. The way I see it, we love ourselves a bit too much.
So, if the verse tells us to love our neighbor like we do our own selves, I just have to ask…Have you bought your neighbor a boat lately? Designer clothes? A new house?
I didn’t think so. Thankfully, God isn’t entirely talking about material possessions. But that is a huge question isn’t it. When was the last time you mowed your neighbor’s grass, or shoveled their walk?
We can’t do everything, but there is room in our lives for more neighborly love.
What are some things you do to “love your neighbor as yourself?”