How Not to Love Your Neighbor

Not loving our neighbor is as natural as the air we breathe.

We’re born with a bent toward ourselves first and then maybe we’ll consider others.

Just observe two brothers at play with a toy. Within minutes one will strike the other to yank it out of his grasp.

Where did that idea come from? Certainly not from their parents.

Let’s be honest, to one degree or another, we’re all like that. I am. You are. It’s part of the human condition.

“But the wicked are like the tossing sea; for it cannot be quiet, and its waters toss up mire and dirt.” – Isaiah 57:20

Hating others is built into our DNA so it shouldn’t surprise us.

That’s why there are bombings in Paris, anti-Semitic rallies in London, and murders like the recent tragedy at a South Carolina church.

The problem starts in the heart. We are born not loving God, the very God who gave us life and breath.

Is there a solution?

Like the son who squandered his father’s inheritance and came to his senses and returned to him, we, too, need to wake up and return to God who waits eagerly for us.

Only he can change our hearts of stone into hearts of flesh, thereby making us willing to confess our folly and acknowledge his love for us.

It was Yeshua (Jesus) who made returning home possible. He left his home in heaven and became the obedient son in our place so we could make our way back to the Father’s embrace. Yeshua loved his neighbor – you and me – to the point of death on a cross for our sins.

“And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach in him…” – Colossians 1: 21-22

Instead of following your heart of stone, turn yourself in to the Father so he can lift you up and declare you his loving child.

Talk to me.

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