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James 2:8-9

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Love Your Neighbor as Yourself….

Scripture is more than just a recommendation:

However, if you fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. But if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors.  -James 2:8-9, NAB

St. James makes one thing very clear: loving our neighbor is a commandment, and choosing not to love them through our actions can be a sin.

Sometimes, we take Christ’s teachings too lightly.  Society treats them as good words to live by.  They become mantras for a civilized society.  But when Christ told us to love our neighbor, it was more than just a personal philosophy – it was a directive.

Of course, this is not the first time we’ve heard this teaching.  In Matthew 22:36-40, we are given two commands by Jesus: love God and love our neighbor.  These two laws are the foundation for every other commandment and moral teaching.  Get these two right, and the rest will fall in place.

Jesus did not just recommend that we love our neighbor as ourselves – He commanded us to.  Follow the laws given to us by Christ, and show love to the world around you.

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