What is the 2nd greatest command? If you’re a believer, a scholar of Scripture, it’s not impossible which you said something like “Adore your neighbor as yourself.” In the event that you did, you’d be right – almost.
“Love the Lord your God with all of your soul and with your entire heart and with all your thoughts, Jesus himself said. This really is the greatest and very first commandment. And the second is like it: Adore your neighbor as yourself.’ ” (Matthew 22:37-39, ESV). And this was Jesus’ answer to the inquiry, “Which is the greatest commandment in Regulations?” – referring, obviously, to the Law of Moses.
People come to me, Pastor Chris, as head of Christ Embassy and have questions about the most important commandment. Until Jesus came, the next greatest order as said in the Old Testament (Leviticus 19) was wholly satisfactory. In reality, I do believe it was the best we could hope for in terms of loving another human being. Here is The Golden Rule (Matthew 7:12): Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
But throw to the mix the undeniable fact that occasionally we do love ourselves. Sometimes we can truly fight to enjoy that which we are, certainly, and who we are what we do. How can we be expected to love others if we don’t even know the way to love ourselves, as we love ourselves? There are days when many folks struggle simply to be nice to ourselves. So how do we love better? The reply is given by Jesus.
(John 13:34, ESV). The bar has been lifted by Jesus.
The relationships we have with others needs to be broad avenues of thanksgiving and gratitude. We get bogged down in the details of our interactions. Even when we do remember to say “thank you” to one another, we’re almost consistently referring to favor or only one activity.
How often do we look beyond that?
How often might we manage to thank an individual not merely for something they have done, but for who they are and for what they
really mean to us?
In contemplating this, I’m reminded of a narrative in the Gospel of Luke where Jesus heals 10 lepers of their afflictions. Of the 10 who are fixed, only one makes the attempt http://urlm.co.uk/www.pastorchrisonline.org to say “thank you.” However he isn’t http://new.pastorchrisonline.org/ just saying thank you. He praises God due to what’s happened and falls down. It’s clear that he understands who Jesus actually is. This is even acknowledged by Jesus by declaring that the man’s beliefs has made him beyond the straightforward curing of Pastor Chris the disease. By offering thanks and compliments, the man showed that he valued what had been done for him, but that he desired to maintain relationship with God from that day forwards.
As we gather with our families and friends for Thanksgiving and the coming holidays, we are given the same opportunity as this guy who had been cured by Jesus. We now have the chance showing gratitude to the men and women in our own lives, but we must go beyond simply thanking folks for what they’ve done. We care going to know how significant they may be to us, then we have to tell them if we need the people. We have to thank them for just being relatives, parents, kids, siblings, our friends or whatever they could be. If we need those relationships to be as significant and as deep as they ought to be, then they have to be cherished way above anything we value or appreciate.
All the nice things in our lives flow from the relationships we have with other, and notably from that most important relationship that we have with God.
So, this year let’s not only for what they’ve done thank folks.