Most of us know the golden rule: treat others the way you want to be treated. It’s an easy enough concept to understand, but it really is tough to treat people the way that God wants us to treat them sometimes. That’s a struggle that I know others have, and so do I. Have you ever thought about what the other side of your relationships look like? What does the other side of the “treat others the way you want to be treated” axiom look like in your own life.
We know that Christ tells us in Matthew 22:36-40 that the most important commandment is to love God. He also tells us that the 2nd is like it…to love others as yourself. What do these verses mean? We are to love God first with all that we are. What does that include? All of our hearts, souls, and minds. There is no part of us excluded from learning how to love God and all three parts need to be in unison in that love.
The second commandment is to love your neighbor as yourself. The love of our neighbor flows out of our love of God. The realization that God loves us even in our sin and inadequacies should help us to see how we should love others. What does that love look like? We see in Matthew 7:11-12 that even those of us that are riddled with sin know how to give good gifts to our children, that we love, how much more will our God give to those that he loves. How do we know that God loves us? John 3:16 tells us that he sent His own son, Jesus, to be the sacrifice for our sins. He loved us so much that He was willing to go through the pain of becoming sin on our behalf.
When looking at loving our neighbor in that lens it is easy to see how we should love those around us, but hard to put into practice. In order to illustrate certain points of how to love our neighbor, we are currently in a sermon series on Wednesday nights about the other side of our relationships and how we should treat our neighbors, both ones that are easy to love and those that aren’t. Each week we will take a look at a different relationship from King David’s life and see what it means to love our neighbor.