Romans 13:9-10 (CEB)
9The commandments, Don’t commit adultery, don’t murder, don’t steal, don’t desire what others have, and any other commandments, are all summed up in one word: You must love your neighbor as yourself.10Love doesn’t do anything wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is what fulfills the Law.
This passage says, “Love does no harm to its neighbor,” which is true. But don’t read this as though all Jesus wants you to do is refrain from being nasty to people. Jesus is actually expecting a little more from us. He expects us to actively care for and attend to other people—even people we don’t know or don’t particularly like. In fact, especially those we don’t know or don’t like.
Feeding the hungry and going on mission trips are good examples of the kind of love Jesus expects from us. But it can be simpler, too. Love can be a word of encouragement. It can be being a friend to someone who has none. It can be shoveling the front steps of the old lady who lives down the street and then visiting with her for a while.
There is somebody you can love—somebody who isn’t expecting it from you. Who is that person? What can you do to actively show that person the kind of love Jesus is wanting from you?
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