Commentary By: Gordon King
Love, the most important thing of all. The first and greatest commandment is to love the Lord your God with all of your heart, your soul, and your mind. The second is to love your neighbor as yourself.
“Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
As Christians we are to imitate Jesus Christ, to be transformed into the likeness of His image.
2 Corinthians 3:18
“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
Being transformed into the image of God doesn’t mean in outward appearance, on the contrary, it means to be transformed from the inside-out. It means to be transformed in heart, soul, and spirit. After-all, God is Spirit.
We are to be like God in all ways, to show kindness, love, mercy, humility, forgiveness, patience, and self-control. The glory of God radiates with unconditional love, peace, and understanding.
The world is a tough place to live in, full of sin, evil, and violence, with people treating others with disrespect and aggression. A place where self dominates, and the ladder to the top is a dream for many, a desire of their heart.
What we as believers should be doing is putting others before ourselves, giving, helping, sharing, and comforting those in pain. We should be living our lives as Jesus led His.
“Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”
“Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”
“Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”
When a brother or sister in Christ falls, we should be there to help them back up. We should treat them with respect, out of humility, with a humble heart. We should show them unconditional love.
1 John 3:17
“But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?”
Many Christians see themselves above the rest, as too good to stoop down into the depths, to humble themselves as Christ did. They see a fellow believer fall into sin and cannot find it in their heart to forgive them. They view a fallen brother as evil, sinful, and dirty.
Well, the truth is we are all evil, sinful, and dirty! The bible says that all have sin, and if any say they don’t then they are a liar. Pretty tough words coming from scripture. We are cleansed and made righteous only through the blood of Jesus, not by any of our own doing.
1 John 1:8-10
“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.”
So if you see your brother fall, lend him a hand, help him to shake off the dust and get back on the straight and narrow path of righteousness! Give him comfort and encouragement. Let him know that you love him, that you are available to help.
“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”
None of us are perfect, if we were then we would not need Jesus Christ to save us. We need to be helping the lost, feeding the hungry, and comforting those in pain and suffering. But lets not forget who we are in Christ either, lets not forget about our brothers and sisters who may be in need as well! Just because we are Christians does not mean that we don’t need help, we all need help. Sometimes the good Lord uses other believers to help out other believers, this is true.
“Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.”
“For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do.”
God is good, and His mercy lasts forever! His love is unconditional and never-ending. Let us be like Christ, let us shine our light into a dark world and make it a better place. Show the glory of God by all that you do. Amen
God bless my friends! Until next time….Maranatha!