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Love thy neighbour as thyself

I wrote this blog a while ago, late last year, but I never got around to posting it. Here goes.

 

This morning as I read my devotional book, Beautiful in God’s Eyes: A Daily Devotional for Women by Women, today’s author made reference to an experience she had, seeing a little boy dressed in only a scanty t-shirt on a very cold day. She greeted him and continued on her way. It was only after the had rounded the bend that the thought crossed her mind that she should have given the little boy her jacket and invited him to have lunch with her, but it was too late. She hurried back to look for him, but he was nowhere to be found. As she asked God to forgive her for her sin of omission, the text was brought to her mind: “For I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me” (Matt. 25:42, 43).

Those words brought a sense of realization, not only to her, but to me as well. Sometimes we think of doing good to those who need it as doing a little extra for God. It is thought of as, not really a part of our Christian duty. Our duty is, after all, to serve God right? Well guess what, serving God and doing His will not only entails following His commandments. The passage goes on to say, “… ‘inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

The moral behind all this, serving others is a part of our Christian duty. Jesus says in Mark 13 verses 30 and 31, “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all they heart, and with all they soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neightbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.”

If we truly love God, we will love others. If we love others, we will strive to serve them. Failure to do so is sin!!!

 

“Only one life, ‘twill soon be past; only what’s done for Christ will last.”

 

I plan to strive to serve others to the best of my ability. Do you?

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