WHY WOULD YOU EVEN WANT TO LOVE OTHERS?

13th February 2013 by Bill Davis
Jesus constantly taught us to love others. Certainly, the most famous sermon preached, was The Sermon on the Mount. It was there that Jesus said:
Matthew 7:12 New International Version (NIV); “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”
This has become known as “The Golden Rule”. I find no where in scripture where Jesus or the Bible, uses the words “The Golder Rule”. It does, however, add emphasis to this awesome scripture.
We are often good at having the outward appearance of loving others but Jesus had a way of “telling it like it really is”.
Matthew 23:27 New International Version (NIV); “You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean.”
We could easily say, to do to others only as you would have them do to you if the circumstances were reversed.  Do not act from selfishness, try putting yourself in the place of the  other person and think about how you would want them to act. It is just a good summary of what unselfish love should be. Is Jesus telling us in this short statement that the law can be summarized into this?
Luke 6:32-35 Selected New International Version (NIV); “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. But love your enemies, do good to them; be as God, for He is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.”
If you are looking for a nice, comfortable religion that doesn’t really require you to get outside your comfort zone and is only a feel good type faith; then you probably shouldn’t try to follow Jesus’ examples or teachings. Jesus’ type of faith is demanding. He wants us to serve others and not be so concerned about ourselves. Yes, He expects us to love even if it causes us some discomfort occasionally.
Bill Davis

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