Bible Verse for June: Matthew 22: 36-40
"Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?" Jesus replied, "'You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul and all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments."
Of course it makes sense that Jesus' greatest commandment is to love your God mightily. But isn't it amazing that right along with it He wants us to love our fellow people as we love ourselves? For me, it is extremely easy to love Jesus but not easy at all to love everyone like I love myself. I mean, I am supposed to love my loud, obnoxious neighbor as I love myself? I am supposed to love that jerk that cut me off in traffic today as I love myself? I am supposed to love Kim Jong Il as I love myself?? Wow. I can't say that I am very good at this commandment. In fact, I kind of suck at it. Sometimes I judge people just from a glance or a word. Sometimes I wish ill will on "bad people". Sometimes I just feel hateful toward someone for no reason whatsoever. Jesus knows that we are flawed and we make many, many mistakes and for that I thank Him repeatedly but, nevertheless, I am going to resolve to work on this and try to give other people the same slack that I give myself. And every time I say a prayer for myself, I am going to try and say a prayer for someone that I have trouble loving. It's a start. Any thoughts?