Spirit & Life Devotional
Monday, 23 November 2015
Chinaemerem Joshua Ibezim
Loving Your Neighbour As Yourself
“Now Jonathan again caused David to vow, because he loved him; for he loved him as he loved his own soul.” I Samuel 20:17 NKJV
We’re told in 2 Timothy 3 that one of the things we’ll see in the last days is a situation where men are lovers of their own selves. In other words, men will think about only themselves and care less about what happens to others; men will be concerned about their own happiness and wouldn’t mind hurting others just to please themselves; people would see others in pain and in need and do nothing to assist them!
In Mark 12:33, we learn that to love God with all the heart, with all the understanding, with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbour as oneself, is more important than all the whole burnt offerings and sacrifices. Wow! That’s something for you and I to seriously consider.
What does it mean to love others as yourself? You know, they say that what’s good for the goose is also good for the gander. If it’s good for you then it’s also good for others; if you will make it happen for yourself, for your spouse and for your children, you should be willing to do same for others; if you can’t use it, neither should anyone else! As you would that men do unto you, do unto them likewise!