You made it through the first two weeks of spiritual boot camp! Way to go!! I hope you are growing in your relationship with the Lord and learning to really apply His Word to your life.
8 If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right. 9 But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers.
Thee “royal law” is found in multiple places in Scripture in both the Old and New Testaments.
18 “‘Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.”
39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
Jesus references this law when He is asked what the greatest commandment is. James references the law “love your neighbor as yourself” as he continues to hammer home the point of not showing favoritism. Showing favoritism is not only sinful, but it is completely against the concept of “loving your neighbor as yourself”.
We are to love all people with the love of Christ. It is easy for us to love those who treat us well, but much more challenging to love those who do not treat us well. That is why we need the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit can enable us to show love to those we don’t “feel” like loving. Loving with the love of Christ isn’t a feeling, it is an action. It requires doing things for others. It requires helping them, forgiving them, speaking kindly to them and being examples of Christ to them.
Who do you need to show the love of Christ to today? We have the power to improve people’s days when we love them with the love of Christ. Sometimes it may be as simple as smiling and telling someone hello or helping someone carry something or allowing someone with fewer items in the grocery line go in front of us. What can you do today to show Christ’s love to the world? Make an effort to show others the love of Christ throughout this weekend.
- Scripture references from http://www.biblegateway.com