060417 | Love Your Neighbor | Part One | Allen Hickman

June 6, 2017

Love is not what the songs on the radio, Spotify or Pandora say it is.  It is so much greater that those perspectives.  True love is selfless, not an egotistical, humanistic, or manipulative way of thinking and living.  True love thinks of others before itself.  It “esteems” other higher than it does of itself.

Loving God cannot be done without loving your neighbor.  They go hand in hand.  The command Jesus gave to His disciples over 2000 years ago is the same command He has given us as modern day disciples; Love God and love your neighbor.  You might say that is simple and elementary.  However, the things we learned in Elementary School we still use on a regular basis.  Math, basic English, writing, and reading are all essentials to communicating and functioning in our everyday world.  They are basic but necessary.  Loving your neighbor is foundational to our relationship with God and others as true followers of Jesus Christ.

 In order, to love like Jesus we must do three things.  First realize, that kind of love does not happen naturally.  It must be divine and powered by the Holy Spirit.  Paul said, “the love of God has been shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit.”  He is the one that empowers us with true love.  Second, be open, willing and ready to receive love.  You can’t give away what you do not have.  Third and lastly, know deep in your heart of hearts that you are loved first and foremost by you heavenly Father.  When we do these things we are ready to love our neighbor without judgment or critique.

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