A couple of months ago, I wrote an article about praying for one another.
This is part 2 of that article. Following Jesus last commandment, we are to love one another!
Sounds easy enough, give out hugs (even man hugs); tell people you love them; just be nice to all your friends and family, but that’s not exactly how Jesus meant it.
But John 15:13 tells us “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
Jesus meant it literally, we are to love each other, just as He loved his disciples. In Mark 12:28-31, Jesus told them “One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”
29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
That includes such things as forgiving those who harm us, those who tell lies about us, or those who cheat us in one way or another; even if someone would attempt to take our life.
The hardest of these are our enemies, personally, professional or enemies of our country. Granted, it’s easier said than done sometimes. For after all, if someone means you great harm, it’s difficult to tell them that you forgive them; but that is what God wants us to do.
Mumbles says: Try it, loving someone who tried to harm you, try forgiving them and telling them you love them.