Spiritual Boot Camp Day 11

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.

James 2:8-9

If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right. 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.

Leviticus 19:18

18 “‘Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.”

Matthew 22:39

 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.

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8 thoughts on “Spiritual Boot Camp Day 11

  1. Wilma

    Ouch!! I struggle with this as soon as I leave my house and get on the highway! I struggle with it when I’m in the grocery store. But here’s the thing for me, (ok, doesn’t work on the highway much) when I’m in the store and I look at the ‘group’, forget it, I feel fear, separation, and sometimes hate, but when I come acrosse just one at a moment, I make the effort to feel ‘sensitive’ towards that one person. Then, I can smile, say hi, feel compassion for him or her. Like the cashier, I treat him or her nicely, the person reaching in front of me, or as I walk out and pass someone. I have a lot of work to do. What I need to do is not necessarily ‘feel’ love for them, but act out of love and pray for them. Maybe the feeling of love will come eventually?

    • Wilma, I think when we treat others with the love of Christ, the feeling does come – although not immediately. It is a daily, minute by minute, yielding to His Spirit and showing others His love even when we don’t feel it. Love is an action not merely a feeling. Thanks so much for your open and thoughtful comments! Glad to be on this journey with you.

  2. Pastor preached on this last Sunday. Hard concept to put into practice when sin nature tells us to take care of self! We are blessed beyond measure when we do though.

    • Toni, I love it when God uses multiple people to speak to us on the same topic. It is hard for us to not put ourselves first, but instead, follow the will of the Lord. It is the internal battle between following our sinful nature or the Holy Spirit that we will continue to struggle with and it requires us to yield to Him. Thanks for your comments!

  3. Not only is it hard to love those who don’t love you, but there’s a danger in being mistreated to the point of abuse.
    I search for that balance of showing Christ’s love in a way that doesn’t excuse poor behavior/mistreatment, but rather invites the other to experience a higher love.
    Only the Holy Spirit can help us achieve that balancing act!

    • Bill, you stated the key – the Holy Spirit. It is His Spirit that will lead and guide us and help us do His will. If only we would yield to His Spirit rather than giving in to our sinful nature.

  4. It’s the little ways we show Christ’s love that may make a huge difference in their lives! Thanks, Shelly.

    • Sue, you are so right. It is often in the small things we do that have the biggest impact on others. Our simple ways of showing God’s love and kindness to others can change their attitude and their day. Blessings!

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