“Love your neighbor as yourself.”
The Bible wasn’t speaking about a literal neighbor. It is a good thing; because, I do not even know most of ours, except to wave at them as we pull into or out of the driveway. This scripture verse is speaking of everyone being our neighbor. EVERYONE.
This step will definitely be the most difficult one for me in this series called, “How to Get Along With Anyone This Year!”
A few days ago, we were driving to visit some friends in central California. Have you seen how people drive on California freeways? HELLO!
I had never felt road rage until then. Not only did a man and woman almost run us off the road, they did something unfortunate with a hand signal as if WE had been the ones at fault! They were rude, careless drivers – highly offensive.
Wait, I am supposed to love THEM?
Have you listened to some of the presidential candidates?
This commandment is not multiple choice. The truth is, if we try to love every human being on the earth, as much as we love ourselves, there should be no problem getting along with anyone this year.
In the Gospels, Jesus was asked what the most important commandments were. He narrowed it down to TWO: Love God and love each other. That is it! His most important rules.
Jesus said, “That you love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and muscle and intelligence—and that you love your neighbor as well as you do yourself.” (Luke 10:27 The Message)
May I say, this is probably the most difficult commandment in the Bible. Humanly speaking, may I be candid? This is absolutely impossible for me. There is too much wrong with most people for me to like them, let alone LOVE them! I struggle simply to focus on my friends and family. None of them is as perfect as I. (Choke CHOKE)
Clever God we have. He knew this would be humanly impossible without Him re-making our hearts in order to accomplish such an arduous order. God knows, if we give Him our hearts and lives, we will be up to any task set before us.
Well, regarding that horrible driver who almost cost us our lives, it only took two hours before I could bring myself to pray for him.
It took that long for me to first pray my heart would soften toward him. He needs God to make him a better driver, and somehow bring him to Jesus, before he kills someone – or himself – on the highway.
Yes, I am still a profound work in progress.
This Step #9 is unquestionably the toughest step for me to follow. However, if EVERYONE in the world followed this commandment, whoa, everyone would get along with everyone!
What a wonderful world it would be! Sounds like a great title for a song.