All you need is love, was the title of a classic Beatle song. Those of us who lived through the 60’s can well remember the groovy peace and love times of the Hippies and other chilled out people.
It seemed so attractive that people wanted to live in peace and many formed their own little communes.\When a young man asked Jesus “Which commandment is the most important?”
Jesus replied, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all of your being, and love your neighbour as yourself.’ The neighbour here was explained as anyone you mingle with.
Jesus then told the story of the Good Samaritan. A certain chap was travelling from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was jumped by thieves who badly beat him, and left him for dead. Nice and religious people passed by and didn’t get involved. He would have died, except a person from a different ethnic group came along, tended to his wounds, and then paid for him to stay at a wayside inn until he was recovered. Jesus simply asked, ‘Which person acted like a neighbour to this wounded soul’. It was the least likely person.
Love is an action that we carry out because we care. Hate is the opposite to love. Building a self-centred life can only lead to a lonely and broken existence. The more a person tries to use people and situations for their own ends, the less successful they are and the fewer friends they keep.
Jesus taught his disciples to “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you.” Matt. 5:44. For those who followed the simple teaching of Jesus, a well satisfied life would be theirs.
- Love God first and best (make the creator of the universe your best friend)
- Love your neighbour as much as you love yourself (yes even self-haters really do love themselves, but haven’t learned how to express it)
- Do to others as you would like them to do to you.
- True love covers a person’s mistakes instead of judging them
The old adage “if you want to have a friend, be a friend,” is so true
Written by – Pastor Merv Patton