It is February, the month of love. A time to show others True Love. But how?
This is a crazy world where people are rude and unkind to one another and turn their backs on others in need. We are reaping terrible pain and consequences because we love ourselves more than others.
God’s Word will always show us the Way, the Truth, and the Life. And how to truly love God and each other.
“‘Every one of you shall reverence his mother and his father, and you shall keep My sabbaths; I am the LORD your God.'” ~ Leviticus 19:3
I see a lot of disrespectful children in our society. But how do we, as adult children, do? Time to check my heart…
“‘Do not turn to idols or make for yourselves molten gods; I am the LORD your God.'” ~ Leviticus 19:4
There are actually idols in some American homes, little buddhas and such. But what about other idols, such as our homes, our money, our cars, our time? Anything that is more important to us than God is an idol. Heart check…
“‘Now when you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very corners of your field, neither shall you gather the gleanings of your harvest. Nor shall you glean your vineyard, nor shall you gather the fallen fruit of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the needy and for the stranger. I am the LORD your God.'” ~ Leviticus 19:9-10
Do we hold on tightly to every last penny, or are we willing to share from the bounty God gives us? Whether we have little or whether we have much, there is always some we can, and should, give to others. God provides!
“‘You shall not steal, nor deal falsely, nor lie to one another… You shall not oppress your neighbor, nor rob him. The wages of a hired man are not to remain with you all night until morning. You shall not curse a deaf man, nor place a stumbling block before the blind, but you shall revere your God; I am the LORD. You shall do no injustice in judgment; you shall not be partial to the poor nor defer to the great, but you are to judge your neighbor fairly. You shall not go about as a slanderer among your people, and you are not to act against the life of your neighbor; I am the LORD. You shall not hate your fellow countryman in your heart; you may surely reprove your neighbor, but shall not incur sin because of him. You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the sons of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself; I am the LORD… You shall rise up before the grayheaded, and honor the aged, and you shall revere your God; I am the LORD. When a stranger resides with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself; for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.'” ~ Leviticus 19:11,13-18, 32-34
God had a LOT to say about how we are to treat each other! Be honest- don’t steal from, rob, or oppress another. Be fair in wages and in justice- the poor don’t get special treatment, but neither do the wealthy. Be kind- don’t be cruel to others dealing with disabilities. Watch what you say- don’t spread nasty things about others. Love each other- don’t hate. You can correct someone, if needed, but do it without sinning against them. Forgive- don’t bear grudges or seek revenge or payback. Respect and honor the aged- take care of them, don’t treat them as lesser people. Love the strangers amongst you- the immigrants and visitors- as yourself.
Many other things are addressed in this chapter,with this common theme: “‘I am the LORD your God'”. God reminds us that He has the authority, is the authority- “I AM”- “YHWH”- your God– and we need to follow His instructions. But it is also a reminder:
“And whatsoever ye do, do [it] heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;” ~ Colossians 3:23 (KJV)
Jesus taught in Matthew 25:35-40~ “”For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’ Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You drink? And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? And when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.””
Love the LORD your God with all your heart, and love your neighbor as yourself (see Matthew 22:36-40). And do it all with your whole heart, for God. 🙂