People in general do not feel like they need anyone to tell them, or show them, how to love their neighbors, because they believe they already have mastered the principle of loving others. However, most of these same people believe that showing love to their neighbors is based on how “sensitive” they are to others’ sufferings more so than derived from how often they practice giving genuine love.
The truth is that even if we were extremely sensitive to all the hurts others endure, our deepest sensitivity still wouldn’t be a mark of real love. While being sympathetic about others’ pain, hunger, misery, sickness, and so forth, can communicate some degree of love, TRUE love is one hundred percent ACTION. Thus, love without action really doesn’t exist, because love needs to be demonstrated. If we just say we love people but don’t do anything for them that supports our claim, then we aren’t showing TRUE love!
How, then, will we know when our “love” is deficient and actually out of touch with reality? We will know that our love isn’t a bona fide, right-now love when we are unable to love our enemies, or incapable of loving someone labeled as “unlovable,” or unwilling to do what we “can do” for anyone we know and/or see is in need. If we sincerely wish to keep the command to “love our neighbor,” then we have to practice the following principle: What we can do, we should do.
Moreover, we should do what we can for others without grumbling, quarrelling, sermonizing, yelling, cursing, or procrastinating. These kinds of behaviors cancel out any good that we might do. So today, by the loving Grace and perfect Will of God, let us receive and obey God’s command to love our neighbors by showing them Christ-like love. AMEN.
“…thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself:…” (Leviticus 19:18b, KJV; cf. Matthew 5:43; Mark 12:31; Luke 10:27).