Matthew 22: 36-39
36: “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?
37: Jesus said to him: “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God from all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your mind.’
38: This is the greatest and first commandment.
39: But the second is similar to it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Our focus is on our Heavenly Father and that is how it should be. Because, without Him, there is no hope. We thank Him for all the blessings we receive. We ask for help when we are in need. We ask for forgiveness when we sin. And we love Him because He died on the cross in atonement for our sins.
However, how can we love our neighbors as ourselves? There is somebody in everyone’s life that makes it hard to love them. They could be hateful, deceitful, and untrustworthy. They could have done physical or mental harm to someone you care about. You might say you hate them!
This is where you ask yourself, “What would Jesus do?” He would not hate the person, probably the action? He would forgive and help them. He would not turn His back on them. He would not retaliate against them. He would love them as He loves us all. He would give them another chance to do the right thing. We should also. Love is more of a cure than hate.
That is what Jesus calls us to do. He does it for us, we should “pay it forward!”