Tony Bohrer: Loving others
March 5, 2010
The question was asked of Jesus, "What is the Great Commandment?"
Jesus answered, "Thou shall love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first commandment."
Jesus could have stopped there because they only asked for the Great Commandment, but Jesus felt that he needed to expand their thinking a little more and he continued and said "And the second is liken unto it, Thou shall love thy neighbor as thyself." (Matthew 22:36-29)
My wife asked me the other day if I have noticed that the people who help other people seem to be happier than people who just worry about themselves.
I began to think about it and realized that even nonbelievers who help out other people are happier than people who call themselves Christians and only worry about themselves. I find this very interesting because all throughout the teachings of Jesus, he tells us to help other people no matter what they have done to deserve your help.
When you start to read his teachings, he taught some really hard things like "love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them that which despitefully use you, and persecute you." (Matthew 5:44)
To me, that is some tough teaching because it goes against our nature and the way society thinks.
Nobody likes to do good to someone who hates you or to bless someone who curses you.
Anyone who has ever gone through with the teachings of Jesus knows that it isn't easy, but knows that you feel better about yourself then if you would have tried to even the score.
We all know someone in our lives who is always giving and never wanting anything in return; some are believers and some are not, but anyone who has this attitude is typically a happy soul.
You might ask yourself, how do I love my neighbor?
It is easy.
John 3:16 says, "God so Loved the world he gave."
There is no better way to show someone that you love them but by giving. It could be giving of your time or even something as simple as just sitting there and listening to what they have to say.
The opposite of love is not hate like everyone would think, but it is selfishness.
A selfish person never gives anything, he or she only receives. For me to show you that I love you, I have to give you something.
Our actions speak louder than our words do.
You won't find too many happy selfish people in the world because when you give to others it brings a smile to your face. I challenge you to find a friend or a stranger and do something nice for them and see how you feel.
Tony Bohrer is the pastor at Apostolic Lighthouse Church.