This week’s article is written by Iris Saaf, a member of Godfrey First United Methodist Church, 1100 Airport Road.
Jesus gives us two commandments by which to live.
They can be found in the book of Mark, chapter 12, verses 29 through 31. Jesus tells us to love God and to love our neighbors as ourselves. Taken on the surface, these two commandments seem to be fairly easy, until you read the last part of the second commandment, which says “love your neighbor as yourself.” That’s the hard part.
Let’s face it, most of us love ourselves pretty much. We treat ourselves well and more often than not, think of ourselves first. Can we possibly treat our neighbors as well as we treat ourselves? For example, do we buy our neighbors a new car like we bought for ourselves? Maybe that’s an extreme example, but I bet you get the idea.
What might be a better example is to treat your neighbor as you would like to be treated. That brings to mind another way of saying what the second commandment says: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Most of us know that as the Golden Rule or Luke 6:31. What we call the Golden Rule also can be found in Matthew 7:12. Matthew 22: 37-40 expands on this same scripture. Just before Jesus was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane He expanded even more on the commandment. See what He said.
The message in these three scriptures is the same — love. It is a small word with an enormous meaning. Ask anyone what Love means to them and you will get as many answers as the number of people you ask. What does Love mean to you? Do you practice Love every day? I bet you do and you don’t even think about it. Think of all the ways you “practiced” love today. I hope it will make you smile!