A Loving Community

Photo taken by Ketut Subiyanto

Caring for the people in our community is one of the things it mean in the Bible when it says “love your neighbors.” This is also a crucial commandment because this is what makes the world a better place.

In Matthews 22:39, Jesus said that loving “your neighbor as yourself” is equal to what he said was the most important commandment, which is loving “the Lord with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.”  Jesus knew the significance of loving your neighbor when he equated it to loving the Lord.

However, some people have a hard time loving their fellow man and woman as they would love God because people are naturally flawed.  Half of us have a tendency to judge people negatively — this is why we have a hard time getting along with them. We sometimes do this by either talking behind people’s back, disrespecting them, avoiding them, or even acting out in violence towards them without knowing their true intentions. Before we know it, we will find ourselves caught up in an endless cycle of hate towards each other. Other people get caught up in the negativity around us, which eventually causes a collective consciousness of bad behavior in our society. That is one of the many tactics the devil use to destroy us.

This is why Jesus said “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged.  For you will be treated as you treat others.” So, when we talk about someone negatively, best believe someone is slandering us behind our backs as well. When we consistently talk bad about people, they will eventually avoid us because we would be known as the person that always talk bad about other people. When we take advantage of someone like not paying back money we owe to them or stealing from them, we will suffer the consequences by it either ruining our reputation or by someone acting violently toward us. 

We are all flawed in some type of way. This is why Jesus said “And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own?  How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye, when you can’t see past the log in your own eye’” We can’t become better people by talking about what other people are doing wrong without correcting what we are doing wrong. We should work on our flaws to the best of our abilities. We do this by helping people and showing them love and support.

Published by J.C. Maine

I am a retired veteran of the Virginia Army National Guard. I live on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. My desire is to use positive messages to improve the lives of other people.

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