“You shall not take revenge or bear any grudge against the sons of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.” Leviticus 19:18
This scripture comes from Leviticus, the book of the law. It is a book given to the people, through Moses from God, instructing them on how to live their daily life.
Jesus was asked what was the greatest commandment of God. He told them to – love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind – that was the greatest, and the second greatest was – you shall love your neighbor as yourself.
In Luke (10:29), someone asked Jesus who his neighbor was. The amplified bible says he asked the question to acquit himself of reproach, evidently there were some neighbors he didn’t particularly care for. Jesus then proceded to relate the story of the good samaritan. This clarified for all of us that everyone we encounter is our neighbor.
So then, how do we love our neighbor as ourself? If you have never really thought about it, I mean REALLY thought about the day to day issue of it, maybe as the new year begins this would be a good time to do that. The world could always use some more love. Maybe the person you find the hardest to love needs it more than anyone else you know.
Try to think of one way you can love all your neighbors as you love yourself. What is the one thing you wish other people would do for you to show love? Then you go do that for others.