LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOUR AS YOURSELF

LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF

By SOUGHTOUT EMEKA MATTHEW

 

INTRODUCTION:

Love your neighbor as you love yourself is also known as THE ROYAL LAW, see James 2:8, “If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well”

The whole law of God for mankind tied in this royal law, “Love your neighbor as you like yourself, see Galatians 5:14, “For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” Anyone who observed this law has fulfilled all the laws of God. The apostle Paul confirmed: “For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” Romans 13:9

Love your neighbour as yourself is one of the second greatest law. Jesus taught that no other commandment is greater than it.

“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. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31

THE CONCEPT OF LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOUR AS YOURSELF

The concept of love your neighbor as yourself came after the Israelites left Egypt for Canaan. They live in vengeance and grudges against one another and against the strangers which are part of the mixed multitudes that joined them to go to Canaan, see Leviticus 19:18, “Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD.”

These strangers living among them, God instructed the children of Israelites to treat them alike, even as they treat fellow citizens. God also called them Israelites neighbour and they should love them as they love themselves, see Leviticus 19:34, “But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.”

Your neighbour also is your friends. And we are to show them love too. It is written:

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13

Your enemies are part of your neighbours. We are also to love them too. it is written:

“But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you” Matthew 5:44

“But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you,  But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.” Luke 6:27 & 35

THE YARDSTICK FOR MEASURING YOUR LOVE FOR OTHERS

The yardstick for measuring your love for others is YOURSELF. You love others as God would until you love yourself. It is your level of love for yourself that should determine the proportion of your love for others.

“…but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD.” Leviticus 19:18

WHAT IT MEANS TO LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF

It means to:

  1. TREAT OTHERS THE WAY YOU WOULD THAT YOU BE TREATED:

It is written,

“Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.” Matthew 7:12

  1. CARE FOR OTHERS THE WAY YOU WOULD THAT THEY CARED FOR:

It is written,

“Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.” Matthew 7:12

  1. RELATE WITH OTHERS THE WAY YOU WOULD THAT OTHER SHOULD RELATE TO YOU:

It is written,

“Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.” Matthew 7:12

  1. GIVING TO OTHERS THE WAY YOU WOULD THAT YOU’LL BE GIVEN TO:

It is written,

“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.” Luke 6:38

  1. THINK ABOUT OTHERS THE WAY THEY SHOULD THINK ABOUT YOU:

It is written,

“And let none of you imagine evil in your hearts against his neighbour; and love no false oath: for all these are things that I hate, saith the LORD.” Zechariah 8:17

“Be of the same mind one toward another…” Romans 12:16

“Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you…” Philippians 2:4-5

  1. FORGIVE AND FORBEAR OTHERS THE WAY YOU WOULD THAT OTHERS FORGIVE AND FORBEAR YOU:

It is written,

 “Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD.” Leviticus 19:18

“Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven” Luke 6:37

  1. SACRIFICING FOR OTHERS:

It is written,

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13

Finally, our love for others should be whole hearted-love. All of our hearts, all of our souls, all of our mind and all of our strength should be used in loving other as ourselves.

The scripture confirms:

“And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.” Luke 10:27

  1. LOVING AS CHRIST LOVED YOU:

It is written,

“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.” John 13:34

“This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.” John 15:12

Do you love your neighbour as yourself?

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