This importance of loving your neighbor

Rev. Richard Smith
Posted 2/16/19

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no …

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This importance of loving your neighbor

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1 Corinthians 13:4-8 “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no records of wrongs…Love never fails!”

We just celebrated Valentines Day. It’s a day to remember and remind those we love; how much we love them. In many ways we honor those we love and those who love us.

My wife Teri and I will celebrate 40 years of marriage this year. We have known each other since the nursery at church and our families have always been close. Many people have often said, “How lucky you are to have a marriage that long.”

Lucky is not the word! Love and marriage is a lot of hard work, and to make love last, we have to give and take in the good times and the bad.

Teri and I have often reminded people that even when we may not like each other in certain circumstances, our love never fails.

We work harder and persevere through the trials.

The Bible reminds us how difficult it can be when we follow Gods word. Just look at the scripture today that preceded this, and read it again and again. Perhaps you and your spouse or your loved one can read it together to remind yourselves of what love really is. Bottom live is that it is not easy — it takes dedication and hard work.

God tells us in Matthew 22:37 to Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your souls and with all your mind.” The greatest commandment. Verse 39 gets tougher; “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Who is your neighbor? That person next to you that may not be loveable, and may even hate you. Talk about tough.

Yes, God is telling us that love must never fail and that we must love everyone even in the toughest of circumstances.

This sounds almost impossible.

Today, when we see so much division in our communities and in politics, we may tend to take sides. When we do, someone is bound to be insulted and hurt; mentally and physically. To God, this is unacceptable. He came and ministered to the unlovable, the broken hearted, and to provide liberty and set captives free!

We disobey his greatest commandment when we bind people and find them unacceptable because of their race, creed, color or circumstances. Loving your neighbor is loving those who are going through difficult times, and working through addictions and lifestyles.

No matter where a person is in life, even when you don’t agree, love them! Remember, love is not proud, and it does not dishonor others; Love never fails!

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