You shall love your neighbor as yourself

17 ‘You shall not hate your brother in your heart; you may most certainly rebuke your neighbor, but shall not incur sin because of him. 18 You shall not take revenge nor bear any grudge against the sons of your people, but you shall love your neighbor (acquaintance, associate, companion) as yourself; I am the Lord.  Leviticus 19:17-18

We are called to love our neighbor as ourselves.  This can be difficult sometimes because we live in a world filled with broken people who are blinded by the darkness of the enemy and who simply seek after their selfish desires.  This inevitably may cause us to be injured by another person.

But if we are truly followers of Jesus Christ and being led by the Holy Spirit then no matter the circumstance or who we are dealing with, we will love all people.  When we examine the life and ministry of Jesus we see the one word that described who Jesus truly is is love.  Everything Jesus did was driven by love and even as He hung upon the cross and was beaten beyond recognition, He cried out to His Father that He would forgive them for they know not what they do.

The greatest testimony we have as a follower of Jesus Christ is being someone filled with the love of Jesus Christ.  In these last days the love of most grows cold because of the sin and wickedness that exist in the world.  The love of God cannot be counterfeited and can only be produced in the life of a person through the power of the Holy Spirit.

It requires that we abide daily in Him and that we seek Him daily to fill us with His love and His grace.  This Christian life can only be walked through the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit.  The Lord understands our every weakness and He desires that we would cry out to Him and ask Him for help and empowerment.  He desires to lead us, but we must desire to humble ourselves and follow.  When we come to the place where we stop being in control and give all control to the Lord is when we start living the life that God created us for.  This Christian journey is truly about sacrifice.  It is about laying down our lives for Jesus and letting Him have full control.


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