Sunday: 30th June, 2019
Reference text : Galatians 5:1,13-18
Galatians 5:14 For the whole Law is summarized in a single statement: “You must love your neighbor as yourself.”
When people are asked to name the two greatest commandment, it is often the norm to summarise them into one statement namely: ‘Love for God and Love for neighbour’. Although that may seem an acceptable summary, it is so simplified that a lot of the finer details are lost. The latter in particular, has an element which when eliminated, offers no basis for comparison hence, a preference for the full statement: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself’.
There are people who remember the birthdays and anniversaries of all those around them, but always forget their own. Therefore, the reference scale attached to this ‘love for neighbour’ caught my attention today because most of the time, we remember to love everybody else but ourselves.
Beloved, many times: We give to everyone but forget ourselves, we are able to encourage everyone else but ourselves, we have forgiven everybody else for their wrongs against us, but we can’t forgive ourselves for the mistakes we have made. Whatever you are able and willing to do for another, you ought to be able to do for yourself. That is the command- ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.
I believe love understands sacrifice, love is sacrificing and love seeks the best for everybody else. Even so, we ought to be included in ‘everybody’. The charge is to love your neighbour, with reference to how much you have loved you. So my dear, “love others as much as you can, whenever you can and however you can, only remember that you are not permitted to exclude yourself”. That is a command.