A page from my personal prayer journal:
Sunday, February 25, 2018
Jesus answered him, ‘”Love the Lord you God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest commandment. The second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself.”’ Matthew 22:37-39
Notice that Jesus didn’t include words like “unless” or “except.”
He didn’t say ‘unless’ my neighbor has a different skin color, practices a different religion, or speaks a language other than English.
He didn’t say ‘except’ for those neighbors who identify differently than I do, or my neighbor because their parents brought them to my country illegally so they may have the same kind of life I have.
Jesus simply said, “Love your neighbor as you love yourself.”
Perhaps these commands have a deeper meaning about how I love myself. I am not worthy of Jesus’ love, yet he commands me to love him with all I have in mind, body, and spirit.
So, the question remains, do I love myself enough to love Jesus and my neighbor without reservation?
Dear Gracious Lord, I give you all the praise and glory. Forgive me for not keeping your commands. Help me to reflect upon how I, or if, I love myself. Help me gracious Lord to love myself to love Jesus Christ in mind, body, and spirit so that I may love my neighbor.
Gracious Lord with these requests, I pray for the children, administrators and families of the Stoneman Douglas High School and the Parkland, Florida community. May I learn from those who selflessly protected others while those armed stood outside and did nothing. May I not be selfish but selfless, so I may serve You and others.
I pray this in Jesus Christ’s name. Amen
Blessings on your day,
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