13 For ye, brethren, were called for freedom; only use not your freedom for an occasion to the flesh, but through love be servants one to another.
14 For the whole law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
My Comments: One cannot love another or even ones self unless one loves God. I am not talking about lusting or the vanity type love or any other type that is not true love. I am referring to Love that completes, fulfills and creates. That is what the Love of God does. When one has the Love of God, one can then love other. Ones neighbors are the person or persons we live with, the people in our communities, the people in the world.
Our neighbor is everyone else besides ourselves. Mind boggling to be sure yet it is none the less true. God’s love in us allows us to love all others no matter who they are or what they have done. It is not the same as liking someone. It is loving inspite of what they are or have done as God loves us. If we love God with all our heart, soul, mind and body then He pours His love into us and we have it to give to others, our neighbors. If we love with Him then we are free yet not free to sin and give into our sinful natures. We are free to love unconditionally as Christ Jesus did when he took our punishment on Himself on the Cross. What greater love have we than we give our lives for another. This is true and complete love.
I have had a love this complete given to me from my late husband who loved the Lord above all and served Him even as he suffered in the body. He rejoiced because He Loved the Lord his God with a true and complete Love. He served me with that same love. He served others with that same love and I know when he stood before our Lord he heard, “Well done good and faithful servant.” When we accept the Lord Jesus as our Savior we become His representatives and in essence Him. When we represent Him we do so with His love showing through us. Our sin natures will fight to stop this yet God will overcome our sin natures. He that is in us is stronger than the world and stronger than our sin natures. Love God, Love your neighbor and you will have your reward in Heaven.
Abba, we come before You, the creator of the Universe and our Redemption, pour Your Love into our hearts for others and give us Your eyes to see the lost and hurting so we can minister to them with Your Loving Heart and Words. Show us how to help and when to help others. Let us never put ourselves first and as You, may we always serve others first. Jesus, thank You for showing us the way to serve and Love others before ourselves. Thank You for sending us Your Holy Spirit to teach us and fill us with Your compassion and to help us overcome our weaknesses of the flesh. Touch our hearts and send us out to do Your will. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.