Jesus commanded us to love our neighbor the same way we love ourselves. This is very easy when you have good neighbors, friends, coworkers, and family members etc… But, it’s much easier said than done with [toxic] people. We often can’t stand to see them coming because we know they’re up to no good. You don’t have to put up with their attacks, but you still “must love” them. Think of it as being Pro-Life in a sense; loving abrasive people and helping them (spiritual nourishment) when they really need it, is a form of being Pro-Life. The first commandment Jesus gave us was to Love God — with all our might.
Mar 12:30 – And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
That seems easy, but many of us can’t do that right; at least not all the time. Let alone love rude, toxic and cunniving people all the time. We must forgive them and pray for them, but we don’t have to quietly put up with them — you can speak out against them in Love. Here’s the commandment from Jesus to love them.
Mar 12:31 – And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
In this short sermon, Bishop Dale C. Bronner explains how important it is to love all people as much as we love ourselves. An important aspect to loving God, is to love people. VIDEO TIME: 3 minutes 49 seconds.
Bishop Bronner is one of my favorite pastors, Charles Stanley is my all time favorite; but Bronner is right up there.
I’ve learned something by loving people that are hard to love; you have to pray for them like you pray for yourself. Even your enemies! I know that’s a hard one for some, but a healthy prayer life makes it easy. Whatever you pray for yourself include your enemies in it; ask God to forgive them just like you ask Him to forgive you. Ask God to bless them and lead them to His plan and purpose for their life just as you pray the same for you.
God will bless you for it, and you will begin a much stronger walk with God. It’s okay to hate peoples actions, but don’t hate them. In other words, “hate the sin not the sinner.” If you learn how to do that, you’ll have a much deeper character for God to use Mightily.
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