Can I Love All of My Neighbors?
My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.
This command by Jesus, is non-negotiable. As a child of God, you are called to love your neighbor with the love and compassion, in which Christ has cared for and loved you. As Christians, we seek to be obedient to God's Word and have the desire to love each other. Sometimes, we are more successful than others.
Loving those who are difficult and unkind is not an easy task. Jesus is making no exceptions with this command - Love your neighbor as I have loved you. Wouldn't it be wonderful if everyone was kind and easy to love? Christ is saying to love Everyone - the difficult, unkind, your enemies, as He has loved you. This is the challenge of being a Christian - to love and extend, mercy and grace to those who don't reciprocate. You are to be an example of Christ and be like Christ, when others are not.
When Jesus walked on the earth, He had many people who loved Him and many enemies. He treated everyone with love, correction and led by example of how to follow and serve Him and others. Jesus loved all of the Apostles, including Judas, who would betray Him. He could have ignored Judas and only showed love to the Apostles who supported and loved Him, but He didn't. Jesus showed Judas the same love and compassion, He had for all of the Apostles, in spite of knowing that Judas would betray Him.
Can you love all of your neighbors? YES! Is it easy? No. However, by seeing others as God's breath and His children and choosing to extend the mercy and love, Christ has given you, it is very achievable. Living in a space of love for others and self, is a much more peaceful existence. Being obedient to God's command to love everyone as He loves us, opens the door for Jesus to bless you with patience needed, to love those who are not loving or kind.
God says in His Word, "If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen (1 John 4:20)." God is very clear, if you say you love Him, you will love others.
The lesson from God's command is - Love, Love, Love and continue to Love All of God's children. By loving each other, and yourself, you become a reflection of Christ to all you meet and you will receive His countless blessings because by loving others, you are showing Jesus, your love for Him. Amen
Be blessed always,