Love your neighbor as you love yourself. Matthew 19:19
This whole “love your neighbor as yourself” business says easy, but does hard, and there’s a reason for that. Jesus regularly taught principles that rankled people and caused a shift in their perspective. Jesus’ own disciples, upon hearing him proclaim in the temple that they must eat his flesh and drink his blood if they wanted to be one with him, said, “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?” Many didn’t, and the herd was thinned that day.
Truth: There are times when living for Jesus says easy, but does hard!
We often face a struggle of the will when trying to put self in a bottle. Being creatures with egos, we find it difficult to live out the fullness of this hard teaching about love. This week, though, Jesus has opened my eyes to see the contrast between how we help one another and how the world does it. In the world, help denotes payback. Few people who live without Jesus in their heart freely give either love or possessions. Some, but not many. Whereas inside the church, we’re all striving to share selfless love on a daily basis, and not just with church members. Be it generosity, kindness, toys, or tools—we regularly share with others in ways that meet or exceed the way we take care of ourselves.
Today, if you are finding it hard to love others on the same level as you love you, know, you’re not alone. We’re all finding it hard, given the day. Here is what I know: The only thing that stretches our Jesus muscles, is lifting Jesus weights.
What part of the Christian journey do you find says easy, but does hard?