25 A legal expert stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to gain eternal life?” 26 Jesus replied, “What is written in the Law? How do you interpret it?” 27 He responded, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself.” 28 Jesus said to him, “You have answered correctly. Do this and you will live.” (Luke 10:25-28, CEB)
What must I do to gain eternal life?
Love God and love your neighbor as yourself.
Easy right? Not really. That is where we get hung up on who our neighbor is.
And we think it is so easy to love God but is it?
I mean God loves everyone. Equally. Even those people who have miss treated me and called me names. Those people who said things behind my back and told lies about me. God loves them. Shouldn’t God not like them because of the way they treated me?
Well no because then God wouldn’t like you for the things you have said about others that weren’t true…
We need to love. Period. We need to love God and everyone else. And that is more than saying you love them, that is accepting them as they are, as God made them, not how you think they should be or how you think God made them. How they know God made them.
Do this and you will live. Love and you will live.
Loving People. Loving God.