Words from the Heart for Sunday April 25th, 2021
A second [greatest commandment] is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
Matthew 22:39 (NLT)
Love Your Neighbour
Neighbours is a 1952 anti-war film by Scottish Canadian filmmaker Norman McLaren. Produced by the National Film Board of Canada in Montreal, the film uses pixilation, an animation technique using live actors as stop motion objects. Two men, Jean-Paul Ladouceur and Grant Munro, live peacefully in adjacent cardboard houses. When a single, small flower blooms between their houses, they fight each other to the death over ownership of that flower. The moral of the film is, simply, love your neighbour.
Our relationship with Jesus Christ has both a vertical and horizontal impact. One day a religious leader, in an attempt to test Jesus, asked Him which of the commandments is the greatest. Jesus would quiet these leaders by answering them that the greatest is to love God with their entire heart, soul and mind. Matthew 22:39 goes on to say “A second [greatest commandment] is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” When the vertical part of our relationship is solid, the horizontal aspect will be as well. We are called to love our neighbour as ourselves. We can only do that once we have come into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. When we give our heart and soul to Jesus, He takes away our sin. He then calls us to love others as much as we love ourselves. It is only as we see ourselves in light of Jesus’ love for us that we can truly love ourselves. In spite of our weakness and sinfulness, Jesus loves us. We find our worth in Him. It is in discovering that our Creator loves us that we find the ability to love others. Love God first, and then love those God put into your life.
These have been words from the heart.