By Yang Laidi I’m Yang Laidi, sixty-two years old this year. In 1985, because my husband had health problems, our […]
Love Your Neighbor as Yourself – Matthew 22:37-39
Verse: said to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like to it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. – Matthew 22:37-39
These are the A proper relationship between people is established on the foundation of giving their heart to God; it is not achieved through human effort. Without God, relationships between people are merely relationships of the flesh. They are not proper, but are indulgent of lust—they are relationships that God detests, that He loathes. … If you are able to quiet your heart in front of God and have proper interactions with all those who love God, only then are you fit for God’s use. This way, no matter how you associate with others, it will not be according to a life philosophy, but it will be living in front of God, considerate of His burden. How many people like this are there amongst you? Are your relationships with others really proper?” “God asks that people live out normal humanity in real life, not just in church life; that they live out the truth in real life, not just in church life; that they fulfill their functions in real life, not just in church life. To enter into reality, one must turn everything toward real life. If believers in God cannot enter into real life and know themselves or live out normal humanity in real life, they will become failures. Those who disobey God are all people who cannot enter into real life. They are all people who speak of humanity but live out the nature of demons. They are all people who speak of the truth but live out doctrines instead. Those who cannot live out the truth in real life are those who believe in God but are detested and rejected by Him. You have to practice your entry in real life, know your own deficiencies, disobedience and ignorance, and know your abnormal humanity and weaknesses. That way, all your knowledge will be integrated into your actual situation and difficulties. Only this kind of knowledge is real and can allow you to truly grasp your own condition and achieve your dispositional transformation.” “If you don’t have a proper relationship with God, no matter what you do to maintain your relationships with other people, no matter how hard you work or how much energy you exert, it will still belong to a human philosophy of life. You are maintaining your position among people through a human perspective and a human philosophy so that they will praise you. You do not establish proper relationships with people according to the word of God. If you don’t focus on your relationships with people but maintain a proper relationship with God, if you are willing to give your heart to God and learn to obey Him, very naturally, your relationships with all people will become proper. This way, these relationships aren’t established on the flesh, but on the foundation of ’ most important teachings we believers need to abide by in our daily life. We should honor God as great, serve Him with all our heart, soul and mind. Meanwhile, we should also love others as ourselves, get along famously with others and love one another. But in , it’s difficult for us to walk the walk. Always, we look down on and pick on others. In addition, we like to force others’ hands to follow us, speak or do things depending on our temper and exposing our natural selves, never suffer losses in the slightest, ask for a reward after doing some help to others. As mentioned above, these problems always bother me and other brothers and sisters, so that we have no idea how to obey God’s commandments. Until very recently, I read and got a fix on the way of practice. God’s words say, “ . There are almost no interactions based on the flesh, but in the spirit there is fellowship as well as love, comfort, and provision for one another. This is all done on the foundation of a heart that satisfies God. These relationships aren’t maintained by relying on a human philosophy of life, but they are formed very naturally through the burden for God. They don’t require human effort—they are practiced through the principles of the word of God.”
From these words we can see that the most important thing we should do is to maintain a proper relationship with God before we want to maintain our relationships with other people. In daily life, we need to quiet ourselves before God and believe that He holds sovereignty over all things, in case we have friction with others when we speak or do things depending on temper and revealing our corrupt dispositions. Each of the people, things and objects that God has placed around us is aimed at making us practice His words, reflect and know our corruption, shortcomings and deficiencies. Once we recognize our roots of corruption, then put ourselves aside and put God’s words into practice, we can love one another naturally. In the meantime, we can also make up for each other’s weaknesses and deficiencies. That’s why the Lord Jesus teach us to practice the most important commandment—loving the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind; and then practice the second—loving others as ourselves. Only we pursue to love God and know Him can we take the burden to pursue the truth and achieve loving our neighbor as ourselves. Thanks for God’s enlightenment and guidance, we finally understand how to practice this commandment as Christians.