Monday, we spoke about helping others. Today let’s continue with this thought. Jesus taught us to love each other, in John 13:34 he said “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” He tells us in Matthew 5:34 “I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” Both times we are told to love, we are told to open our hearts and love as Jesus loves us.
Yet, we are also told to love by God, in Leviticus 19:18 we are told, “You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the sons of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
We are also told to love one another by Paul in Galatians 5:14 “The entire Law is fulfilled in a single decree: "Love your neighbor as yourself." In Romans 13:10 Paul says, “Love does no wrong to its neighbor. Therefore, love is the fulfillment of the Law.”
So, what is my point? In Matthew, we are told to love each other, but Jesus also tells us in Matthew 13:35 “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another.” It is in love that we show to each other, and to those who we do not know, that we are followers of Christ. it is in love that we are to treat all who we meet, and it is in love that we should help those that see who may need our help.
I know that at times, we cannot nor want to be involved, maybe we become complacent, or maybe we choose not to notice. I know from my experience that without the help of others, I may still be struggling, and not be in the place that I am today.
Let us remember that Jesus also told us that when help each other, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40). We are called into servanthood to each other, we are called into helping one another, we are called into loving one another.” From Proverbs 14:31, we are told “He who oppresses the poor taunts his Maker, but he who is gracious to the needy honors Him.”. In both lessons, God calls us to help one another. In both lessons, we are shown that what we do for others, we will do for our Lord and God. take some time this week to find where it is that God needs to you to go, and who he is asking you to help.
Pastor Lisa Chachula