Galatians 5:14 “For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’”
I ask myself this morning, who is my neighbor?
I have visited this message before; it is written in many books of the bible and in the depths of my soul. Occasionally I am nudged to reconsider who my neighbor is.
I just finished attending a spring bible study, yesterday was the last day. A few times during the year I would pass a young mom with spiky red hair and a few piercings. She was a reminder to me to consider who my neighbor is. I am humbled when I think of the judgment that enters my mind. Who am I to say what is in the heart of another person? Who am I to think I know what message they seek to portray in their dress, body language, speech? I am not called to put them in a box or label them in any way. I am called to love them.
What about the people who seem like me? I cannot know their heart of hearts either; I am only called to love them. What about my family and dear friends; are they easier to love or easier to overlook completely?
As I move into this day, I lift a prayer that I would not only be able to love the purple-haired, tattooed, body pierced person as God loves me but that I would also love my own children with the heart of Christ. I pray I would love my spouse with Christ’s love. I pray the love of God will permeate all of our souls this day.
You call us to love; why is that so hard for us? This morning I ask you to open my eyes and open my heart to see clearly and love more deeply. You know the hearts of all; give me a spirit of love for all. I want to be a light in the darkness, a warmth in the cold, love in the midst of hate. Use me to bring your love to those hurting souls in this world. Amen.