27 And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10: 27
“Christ does not talk about knowing one’s neighbor, but about one’s self being a neighbor, about proving one’s self a neighbor.” - Søren Kierkegaard
The Importance of Following Christ's Law to Love Thy Neighbor
The law of love that Christ commended was more than a command to “do no harm” and to correct the harm we caused.
To love as Jesus commanded is to understand that someone else’s good as an end in itself. Christ tells us our obligation to love means we must resolve the messes we didn’t cause and right injustices for which we had no responsiblity.
Christian love is proactive, it affirms, and intervenes.
Christian love menas we are the first ones to help.
Our definitions of worthiness are flawed and colored by sin.
Worth is determined by God’s having made others in his image.
“He who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen” 1 John 4:2
How we choose to see and treat others revelas our spiritual condition.
To love others without condition is part of our Christlikeness!