Mark 12:31 New International Version (NIV)
31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[a] There is no commandment greater than these.”
Jesus said that the most important thing is to love God. We can demonstrate our love by following the 10 Commandments.
The second most important thing is to love our neighbor. ALL people of the world are our neighbors. God loves all his people and we are called to do the same. He expects us to love our enemies – everyone! Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end… And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love. (NRSV, 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, 13)
You may be saying but how can I love everyone? It is what God wants us to do. Jesus put his life up for us to erase our sins because he loved us so much. He suffered on that cross for us – all of us. We have to try our best to love everyone and be like Jesus. We owe it to Him! God loves us even when we have messed up for the trillionth time. We should try to love others even when they mess up the trillionth time in regard to us. It is not always easy to chose love. Hate may seem the easier choice. I assure you it is not because it eats you up inside. You lose out on the joys of life when you choose hate. We are called to pray for our enemies not to hate them. Please join me today in choosing to love our neighbors all of them and praying for them!