Love Thou Neighbor
John 15:12: "This is my commandment that ye love one another, as I have loved you (KJV)."
Jesus mentioned love more than any other subject. The nature of God is built upon the foundation of his mercy and love.
St. John 3:16 says: "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (KJV)
Love means responding to the teachings of Jesus Christ in a sincere, positive manner by doing for others when they cannot do for themselves, giving water to the thirsty, feeding the hungry, visiting the sick and the shut-in are examples of sharing love through action.
Love also means the denial of television time, or whatever it is that gives pleasure, for the purpose of spending more meaningful time in prayer and bible study and it also means spending quality time with children and older people, or the sharing of one's time with persons who have special needs.
Love will inspire a person to share the good news of Jesus Christ with dying men and women for the love of God is sensitive to the well being of others. Love should be extended to everyone. A man should love his wife and a wife should love her husband. Parents should love their children and children should love their parents. There should be love between brothers and sisters and love among all races and nationalities.
A good Bible study plan will aid a person in understanding the biblical principles of love. Paul gives some very interesting insights of love in the 13th. Chapter of first Corinthians, Jesus makes a profound statement about love in St. John 3:16, and he also gives a full discourse of the principles of love in the Beatitudes recorded in the 5th chapter of Matthew. Christians are encouraged to read these passages of Scripture and apply them to their daily lives.
Reverend Micheal J. Darby