A few weeks ago I had a conversation with my friend Morey about “Loving Your Neighbor”. We both felt that it was our intent to do exactly that in our lives today. While we wanted to be loving each day, we both lived a rather sheltered existence. By that we meant that in our day to day life the people we encountered were basically pretty easy to love.
However, if the daily life was such that we encountered people that threatened our home , our wives or our children. the simple command “Love Your Neighbor” became almost impossible to obey. How were we supposed to “Love our neighbor” if our neighbor was attacking those we love most and attacking the situation that gave us our safety, our satisfaction and our joy.
The classic example of a experience that makes it hard to love your neighbor is life in a war zone. Could we love the enemy that is shooting at us, bombing us and destroying our nation
Or suppose we our bombing them, burning down their cities or sinking the ships that are bring them the necessities like food, clothing. What if their farms were being destroyed? What if transportation systems that bring them life’s necessities are ruined? Or another example is suppose I am in the army and shooting enemy soldiers. Can I love the neighbor I am shooting ?
What if “Love Your Enemy” is not a law. Suppose it is not an uncompromising law from the Mouth of God? Instead, what if when Jesus told us to “Love Our neighbor” Jesus is describing a way of life that we follow.. What if loving your neighbor is not a law. What if it is a fundamental presupposition of your personality? What if Jesus wanting us to practice love day in and day out all day every day.
That is precisely what Jesus had in mind. What if loving people is guiding your entire life and its up and downs..What if Jesus was wanting us to practice love in all the day to day contacts that we have. I intend to show you that is the correct interpretation.
Look at ! Timothy:8-10 . “Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers.10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;
That passage tells me that the law is there for the unrighteous not the believers. If you doubt that read it again.
When we walk with God our life will gradually make us ever more healthy emotionally. Day by day, week by week, month by month consistent time spent in intimacy with God will make us ever more loving. Our emotional health keeps growing because we are experiencing the mind blowing, ever present, mountain moving love of God
Paul’s point is always the same. Paul is always trying teach us that true holiness comes by daily being in touch with God through prayer and meditation. We grow spiritually when we have a daily, consistent walk with Jesus.
I like to say that God’s love is surprising. No matter how much I think God loves me it turns out She/He is way more loving than I ever dreamed or thought. I also like to say that we are powerless over the love of God. God loves us exactly the same on our worse day as She/He does on our best day.
8 But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully;
9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,