Love can be oh so difficult. It can be difficult to find and very difficult to maintain. This is why it is so hard to understand having to love someone that you may not even like!
“And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:29-31)
A lot of people after reading the above have a few reservations. One point in particular sticks out most in people’s minds.
They’re thinking, “HHHhhhmmm……………….I get the, “love the Lord thy God with all thy heart”. But the, “love thy neighbour as thyself” part, well I just don’t know about that. I mean, what if I don’t even like my neighbor? Then what?”
It’s actually a very good question to ask. For if we think of love in a worldly context then we will run into difficulties. But the love spoken of here is a Godly type of love. It is a love that puts God first and foremost. The love is an unyielding and unwavering love of devotion, faithfulness and obedience. It is a love that recognizes God as the Supreme Being and that every breath we take comes from Him.
But this is also is a love that is made manifest and displayed onto God’s creation, man. We are to treat man as we would treat God. There is no exemption.
Now when you put love for man in context that it is actually love for God being overlaid upon His children it becomes easy to see how we are to and are able to, “love thy neighbour as thyself”.
With this Godly type of love where love of God is the focal point, we now can do for God’s children what we would not or could not have done on our own. In fact, we don’t have to like what we are doing or even like the person we are doing it to or with. The point is that we love God so much that we will do what is needed and necessary for God’s children.
It’s very important to keep in mind that God’s love knows no social class nor does it recognize one need over another. The outpouring of God’s love can be to the poor and indigent or to the rich and affluent. The poor may need food, shelter and comfort while the rich may need true love that only comes from Jesus and reaches the heart and soul.
God so loved us He gave us His only Son. We are to live through His Son, Jesus Christ and onto God’s children. We are the conduit, the outreach of God. That’s what it means when the Bible says, “love thy neighbour as thyself”.
Love can be oh so difficult