This post continues part 2 of our 3-part series based on Matthew 22:36-40:
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Yes! These kids get it!
Remember what I said about the Greek words used in the original manuscripts that we translate as love today? Well, after Jesus responds to the question of which is the greatest of the commandments, He follows it up with, “The second is like it, love your neighbor as yourself.”
One of the most common questions I get from people who either do not believe in Jesus or do believe but don’t know Him very well goes something like this:
“Do you follow everything Jesus says? Do you love everyone? What about ____________?”
Jesus isn’t telling us to love ____________ (pick the worst of the worst) like you love your mom, best friend, brother, wife, children – you get the picture. Jesus is instructing us to be selfless, to be ready to act on someone else’s behalf, and to sacrifice.
And let’s not forget prayer. Knowing what was going to come of Him, to His apostles and disciples Jesus says, “…pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44).
So can we pray for others? For those individuals and groups that we could never imagine extending a helpful hand to because of their extreme unbelief or evilness…should we pray for them? Is praying for them “agape” love? Is that what Jesus was talking about?
“…The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.” James 5:16
And then of course there’s the tough one: when it’s revealed to us that parts of our life are sins against God, what do we do? Pray? Repent? So then, what should we do for our neighbor who’s in sin? This one is tough, but if we are to do for our neighbor as we would do for ourselves…the answer is clear.
(On a side note, if you have never considered (or studied out) prayer, give this a shot...visit www.knowing-jesus.com and click on the Bible heading, then the Topics subheading, then enter the word “prayer” into the search and spend some quality time there…powerful stuff.)
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