Words from the Heart for Sunday April 18th, 2021
…“You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Romans 13:9 (NIV)
Love Your Neighbour As Yourself
It’s a new day in the neighbourhood all across the Western world. More than 30 per cent of Canadians now say they feel disconnected from their neighbours, while half of Americans admit they don’t know the names of theirs. An Australian sociologist investigating community responses in the wake of the 2011 floods in Queensland found relations in “a precarious balance”; neighbours were hesitant to intrude even in emergencies—leading the scholar to conclude that “we are less likely than ever” to know our neighbours.
I’ve heard people say that they don’t like the Ten Commandments because they are so negative – do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal. They prefer the words of the old Disney song that says “You’ve got to accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative, latch on to the affirmative, don’t mess with Mister In Between.” Well for those who think this way, God doesn’t let you off the hook. Listen to what He says in Romans 13:9: How is that for positivity? The follower of Jesus is called to love others as we love ourselves. If we do, we won’t murder, we won’t commit adultery, we won’t steal. God takes all the commands that tell us what we can’t do and gives us a much more challenging command. It isn’t easy to always love others with the agape love of God. But that is the command that God gives us. How can you love those God puts into your life today?
These have been words from the heart.