LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR


STANDING STRONG THROUGH THE STORM

LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR
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You, my brothers and sisters, were called to
be free. But do not use your
freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one
another humbly in love. For
the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor
as yourself.” Galatians 5:13-14

The
scriptures teach that God is committed to one major objective in the lives
of
all His people; conforming us to the image of His Son. What is the “image
of
His Son?” It is found in the words of Jesus, Himself, “For even the Son
of
Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a
ransom
for many” (Mark 10:45).

It makes sense then to say that God
desires the same for us. After bringing us
into His family through faith in
His Son, the Lord sets His sights on building
into us the same qualities that
made Jesus distinct—a servant’s heart and a
giving spirit. It’s so easy to
lose sight of our primary calling as
Christians. Even those who lead must do
so with an attitude of genuine
humility and an authentic desire to help
others.

The best-known symbols of Christianity are the cross, the ichthus
(fish
symbol), and the dove symbolizing the Holy Spirit. Probably the
least
known—yet most appropriate for the Christian—is the symbol of the towel
and
basin. The towel Jesus used when in humility and service, he washed and
wiped
his disciples dirty feet. Jesus instructed his disciples after washing
their
feet that they were to wash one another’s feet.

J. Dudley
Woodbury tells a poignant true story that occurred in the dismal
refugee
camps of Peshawar, Pakistan. The fighting between the Majahideen
in
post-Soviet Afghanistan and the rise of the Taliban resulted in thousands
of
refugees flooding into the camps near the border. Most of the children in
the
camps ran around barefoot in both the intense heat and intense
cold.

A Christian organization brought in hundreds of sandals for the
children but
decided not to just distribute them but care for the children’s
feet as well.
So they utilized as many Christian volunteers as possible who
washed the
children’s filthy feet, put medication on their sores and prayed
for them
silently as they gave out the sandals.

As he tells the story,
some months later a Muslim primary school teacher in
the camp asked her
students who the best Muslims were. One little girl raised
her hand and
responded, “The kafirs.” (unbelievers).

After the teacher recovered from
cardiac arrest, she asked, “Why?” The little
girl said, “The Mujahedeen
killed my father, but the kafirs washed my feet!”

Missions to the
Muslims, he concludes, will be affected less by the flames of
9/11, or even
the flames that started the Arab Spring, than by the inner
flames that are
ignited if we so follow our Lord.[1]

RESPONSE: Today I will look for ways
to serve others in genuine humility as a
disciple of Jesus
Christ.

PRAYER: Lord, help me love as You did, serve others as You did
and give of
myself as You did!

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