“Teacher which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:37-40 NIV
I strongly feel that we should show the love of God to everyone we can. In this passage in Matthew it tells us loving God is the greatest commandment. It then goes to say “And the second is like it: love your neighbor as yourself.” These two commandments go together. If we love God we should also love people.
I believe showing people your love is one of the easiest ways to share your faith. I really love the church we attend because it is very focused on helping people in the community. I believe we are called to serve others. It can frustrate me when Christian people focus more on having people follow rules than loving them. Some “rules” churches follow aren’t even in the Bible:
- Dress up for church
- No dancing
- No drinking (at all)
- No running in church
I know lots of people dress up because they want to look nice for God. That makes sense and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with dressing up for church. I do think there is something wrong with requiring other people to dress up for church. What if they don’t have dress clothes or can’t afford dress clothes? Should they not be able to come to church?
“My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism. Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old clothes also comes in. If you show special attention to the man wearing the fine clothes and say, ‘Here’s a good seat for you,’ but say to the poor man, ‘You stand there’ or ‘Sit on the floor by my feet,’ have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?” James 2: 1-4 NIV
Of course I know it is not always easy to love everyone. People have different personalities and there are some people who can be a little hard-to-love. Since mercy-showing is my main spiritual gift I believe helping others comes easier to me than it might to other people. But there are of course people who I clash with and I might have to make a genuine effort to be nice to them. I think God put these people in our life so we can rely on Him. It can be hard to love everyone but I think it is the greatest gift you can give.
“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45 NIV
“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.” 1st Corinthians 13: 1 NIV