Who is my neighbour?

Who is my neighbour?

All other commandments hang on the first two commandments.

Mat 22:37-39:  “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment, and the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 

We guard our hearts against the things of the flesh so that we may love God only, with all of our heart, soul and mind. We do this by laying down our lives daily. We also do introspection daily, to see which things of the flesh may have come into the heart and then we die to it in the same way Jesus did. We use communion, the heart is now sanctified, the conscience is clear and we are ready to do God’s works by faith.

The foundation is laid, we have confidence that all of heaven is moving before us as we do the things Jesus would have done here in the earth. People know us by our fruit as we live by the fruit of the Spirit. We are filled with joy and love, (Gal 5:22) and especially confidence that all the promises of God are ours. This is a meaningful way to live life in the earth. This kind of lifestyle is worthwhile living.

However, it does not mean that it is all downhill. Jesus had to suffer to learn obedience in this same way we learn to lay our lives down as He did. Paul reckons that it is reasonable that we should become a living sacrifice. (Rom12:2)

Being a living sacrifice is dying to those things that are our weaknesses and can cause us to lose God’s blessing. Such things as for instance, anger, pride, impatience; and all those things mentioned in Galatians 5:19.

I have heard of someone who was willing to die physically if it could bring just one person to God. This person died at a young age. This is not what Paul meant when he said we should be a living sacrifice. The Bible is a spiritual book and we should worship God in the spirit. Believe me, it is hard enough to die to your personal weaknesses.

Now if you want to fulfil the second commandment which is to love your neighbour as yourself you should teach them how to guard their hearts in the same way described above.

We do not have to go to other nations to become missionaries. We simply start by guarding the personal heart. If you do this, other people will ask you what you are doing and then you may teach them what 2 Chronicles 16:9 says:

2 Ch 16:9:  “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.”

The heart is the conscience. If the conscience is clear God can use us to be a blessing to others. The Holy Spirit will talk to you and teach you all things if the heart is pure.

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