“And the second is like it:
Love your neighbour as yourself.”
Jesus links these two commandments together. He goes on to tell us that
“All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:40)
God has told us to love Him with every fibre of our being and every part of our living. He now shows us that it involves loving our neighbour deeply and caringly. One of the reasons is simple – God loves our neighbour. Just as He loves us with all that He is and all that He has so He loves our neighbour in the same way.
When asked who our neighbour is Jesus showed that he or she is the person whom we encounter in our daily journey. This encounter may take many forms but we will be aware of them in some way or another. To ignore the person and need in our neighbour is to ignore and reject a person for whom God cares very deeply – so deeply that in Jesus He died for them just as He did for us.
In the three years of His ministry Jesus modelled what it is to care for a neighbour. He continued it on the cross – praying for those who had brutalised and crucified Him and reaching out to His mother in her need and to the criminal who appealed to Him from the next cross. In some cases He was incredibly gentle whilst in others He was very challenging – but He never ignored anyone who came to Him.
Every person you see or hear of today is also loved by God, and needing love – ponder it.
Lord help me to look at everyone I meet today as someone whom You love very deeply – as much as You love me. Amen.