TOPIC : LOVING YOUR NEIGHBOUR ❤
Scripture : Mark 12: 31. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
Beloved, I welcome you to another Moment of Daily Encounter! In continuation of what we started yesterday, agape is the New Testament commandment and we did establish that this command to love is both vertical and horizontal that is to love God and human beings!
The more excellent way demands that you love your neighbour which is the horizontal dimension. Today, we shall briefly examine how this can be achieved.
Our opening scripture(Mrk.12:31) reveals the limitation to loving your neighbour. It says love your neighbour as yourself!
This implies that how much you can love your neighbour is determined by how much you love yourself.
So if you hate yourself you will certainly hate your neighbour! If you have a poor view of yourself, certainly you will have a poor view of others and it will affect your love for them.
Our world today is full of men and women that have been bitten by life’s challenges!
The poor girl that was violated by her father, the little boy that was abandoned by his parents, at school age and he is already in the motor park trying to survive!
What do you think will be their view of love? Young ladies who have been cheated by several promising suitors. A young lady that was deceived by her supposed lover and robbed of her hard earned money! A business partner that was scammed by an associate.
Married women who abandoned their homes due to ill treatment by one that once promised her love. Some of them even join witchcraft or occult groups just to pay back the punishment meted out to them etc.
All these groups of person have a wrong view of themselves and as such loving your neighbour means nothing to them at all.
How then can you fulfill scripture despite the ugly experience that life may has given you?
1. Have a correct value for yourself. You must value yourself the way God values you. You are precious and valuable to God. This is to tell you how valuable you are, God places special interest in numbering your hairs because you are valuable!
There’s is no record that God numbered the hair of any other creatures except you (the mortal man):
Luke 12: 7. But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.
You are special because God always thinks about you:
Jeremiah 29: 11. For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
2. Delete from your memory every wrong label men may have put on you:
Lamentations 3: 37. Who is he that saith, and it cometh to pass, when the Lord commandeth it not?
You are not what men says you are. I have seen a young lady who sleeps around with men because her husband called her barren.
In order to proof that she is not barren she started sleeping around with men, when she eventually took in, she was surprised because of the MP3 that is playing in her head 🎧( you are barren )
3. Love yourself by treating yourself well! Stop abusing yourself and it will help you not to abuse others.
4. Believe in yourself and believe what God says about you because the best is yet to come
Beloved, value yourself, because how much you value yourself is how much you will value others. Treat yourself well because that is how you will treat others. Learn to love yourself by so doing you can love others. Sow a seed of kindness. Love your neighbour as yourself! You are a product of love, believe it and live like one.
Remember this: Heaven is real and hell is real. Your eternal destiny matters to God! Give Jesus a space in your life today.
Prayer points :
– Father thank you for your word to me today.
– Lord help me to love my neighbour as your word commands.
– I prophesy healing for every wounded heart in the name of Jesus.
– For every battered, shattered, scattered destiny, I declare restoration in the name of Jesus.
From your brother Alex
God bless you.