We, as a people, are on a fast track to destruction by our sinful nature. All you need to do is honestly look at our lives, and our behaviour speaks volumes. We’ve become more demanding than giving, and it is evident by our actions. The missus and I were talking about certain verses in the bible a few days ago in response to this observation, and we focused on what Jesus Christ regarded as the greatest commandment:
“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” (NIV, Mark 12:28-31).
Think about it: Irrespective of anyone’s belief, spiritual, agnostic or what not, even people don’t consider loving God, but love our neighbours as ourselves, I reckon this world would be a less complicated place to live in. This may seem as a simplistic take on things, but it is quite the honest answer if we’re really true to ourselves.
I will be the first to admit: it’s not easy. I mean, “Love your neighbour as yourself”? I find myself arguing with God about this big time. It’s not that I’m ever going to win such an argument, or any, of that matter when it comes to spiritual matters with God. But I meditate on this, and it leads me to believe that I can truly obey the word of God by His Grace and forgiving spirit.
So, as we start a new day, let’s ask God for strength of spirit, Mercy, and most importantly, His Grace for us to love Him and to love his neighbours.