Love your neighbor as yourself

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ there is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31 This verse is mentioned in the Bible eight different times. God wants all of us to love our neighbours so much so that He commanded us. We also need to love God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength.

Part of loving our neighbours means we need to love ourselves as well. How can we love others if we can’t hold that love ourselves. I’m learning a lot about love lately. God is showing me that I need to be more open and love everyone. Jesus He loved everyone and never judged anyone for who they are. Grace takes the seed of His love and the soil of our heart and creates fruit for the kingdom of God.

The Bible says, “it’s God who works in us both to will and to do of His good pleasure” (Phillipians 2.13). Loving Him and our neighbor pleases the Lord. Grace helps us do this. Grace teaches us love and respect for ourselves and for our neighbors. When loving others we need compassion. God has given me huge compassion for others. I understand those who have been picked on for whatever reasons. I was bullied a lot in school for being different.

Loving our neighbours to me also means building up others and giving them our encouragement. There is so much tearing down of others that we all need encouragement in our lives. My love extends to everyone no matter who they are. Even if it’s uncomfortable sometimes.

God is showing me that in many areas of my life. The best feeling in the world is knowing that you are loved by God first and then by others. Feeling loved and accepted is huge. Reach out to people in your life and show them God’s love today. ❤️

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