February 19-25, 2017
“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” This is a famous saying which we have all heard many times. It comes from Leviticus 19: 18 Unfortunately, sometimes there are people who do not love themselves, so have no model on which to base love. So, they often have to put others down, so they can feel better about themselves. There are also those who “love” themselves too much. Jesus gave us the best model by changing the old saying in John 15: 12, “This is my commandment: love one another as I have loved you.” The entire reading on “A Disciple’s Love,” John 15: 9-17 is worth a read.
1 Corinthians 3: 16 has an excellent passage that can be used in dialogue with those who favor abortion. “Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person, for the temple of God, which you are, is holy.”
Anything within that temple is holy, the unborn child, as well as, the temple. The desecration of that temple is not to be taken lightly. Pro-livers need to be gentle, but firm their position. Harshness and name calling has no place in bringing the presence of Jesus into other’s lives. Jesus was gentle, non-judging and forgiving toward the ignorant, the sinner and the unenlightened. We can do no less, because we are sinners ourselves and want forgiveness for our many sins.
A passage in Matthew 5: 38-48 gives us another example of how Jesus changes teachings of the past.
“You have heard it said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy,’ but I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you…” This is a pretty tough teaching. The practice of this Christian way goes as far back as the martyrs in the Coli