By: Tim Sader
For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Last week we learned about betrayal, how Christ dealt with it, how we should handle our selves when betrayed comes and how we should keep from being a betrayer. Jesus was betrayed by one of His closest disciples, Judas was the money handler, his position was important so he didn’t think he could be the one to betray Christ. None of the disciples thought they would betray Him; one by one they said not me but Christ told Judas he was the one when asked. Notice it was someone close to Jesus who betrayed Him; someone we’re not close to cannot have the power to hurt us in this way and when betrayal happens the betrayer is usually unaware of it until it’s over. A betrayer has the best of intentions they feel justified since they are close to you so that intimacy becomes the kiss of their betrayal. Be wise though do not think all rebuke and correction is betrayal sometimes it hurts the same at first but betrayal brings negative results and correction changes you for the better. Being betrayed hurts sometimes for a lifetime but we can get over it if we choose to. Since we know how it hurts hopefully we would never betray someone but some of us will and to feel the guilt of betraying hurts greater than or equally to being betrayed. Judas felt horrible when he betrayed Jesus he was completely overtaken by guilt to the point of taking his own life when in the end he too might have been saved. Betrayal these days is on the rise everyone is against everyone else that is a sign of the times and because of this many will turn from the faith and betray the Lord and He knows but will still save us if we ask. There should be no betrayal among those who have been saved, we are called to love each other and we should not hate enough to betray those we are close to. The betrayal of Christ had to happen for scripture to be fulfilled to make us believe but just as Christ accepted His betrayer we must accept others and betrayal might come but we must continue to love even if we get hurt. Betrayal is bad at both ends and if you been a victim to it in anyway give your hurt to the Lord only he can mend a broken heart or soften the heartbreaker.
We often betray who we are close to but as a believer we should love everyone just as God loves us all. In Luke 10:27-28 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’ and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” Jesus replied. “You have answered correctly; Do this and you will live.” We have been told here to love God and to love our neighbors like we love ourselves. In the story about the Good Samaritan a man gets robbed and left for dead. A priest first walks by without helping then another man in the priestly order sees him and doesn’t help either but a Samaritan hated by Jews stops to help him and pay for his care. In Luke 10:36-37 Jesus asks, “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” A neighbor is one who has mercy on another the Samaritan saw this man hurting, felt compassion on him and helped him. The Samaritan was a better neighbor then the supposed to be religious he had mercy on the man so he was the neighbor. In Mark 12:32-33 “Well said, teacher,” the man replied. “You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him. To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.” The religious are worried about doing what they can to follow all the rules of religion so that they can appear more righteous; they do their part on Sunday to ease their conscience but they will not live what they learned during the week. If we know helping a man beat up on the side of the road is right but we walk by like they mean nothing because we did our religious duty then we do not love him like ourselves and we are not his neighbor.
Today’s verse Galatians 5:14-15 says, For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other. The entire law of God is fulfilled in love if we don’t love others we are not being a good neighbor. If we cannot even get along among ourselves we will devour each other with hate and betrayal it will destroy us if we refuse to love. Romans 13:10 says, “Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.” Love does not harm to its neighbor so for us to be someone’s neighbor we cannot harm them and will help them if they have been hurt. Love fulfills the law without it we cannot do anything to please the Lord He loved us so we should love our neighbors. Romans 15:2 says, “ Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up.” To love them like we should we do not do it out of obligation because the Lord said to, it should out of love toward them because you want to build them up and make them feel good. We are not good neighbors because we expect anything we are good neighbors if we care enough to love them like Christ loved us. For Free! James 2:8 says, If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right. If Christ has saved us we should know what love is better than most we cannot be like the priest and walk by the hurting without loving them and doing our part build them up again. If Christ is in our hearts we know how to love and how it feels to be loved and to be a good neighbor we will leave others feeling good because we truly cared. If we love like we should we will be doing right if not we should work on being a better neighbor.
I will be working on transitioning this study into both the written format on Tuesday and adding spontaneous group discussions at my house or church if you’d be interested in attending let me know. The church I attend is MorningStar in Fort Mill, SC you can view meetings by going to www.morningstartv.com where you can register for free then watch Friday School of the Spirit at 7pm EST and Sunday at 9 and 11am EST by clicking watch live at the top of the web screen. Let the words spoken and the messages spread into your area share it with friends, loved ones and local believers to spread revival across the nation and around the world. Also for those who don’t already forward the torch to others feel free to forward it to everyone on your buddy list, lets reach more people than ever before with its message. Share it with your churches if you feel lead to. Thanks I pray the Lord will continue touching each of your lives. All of what Christ did he did so we would believe in who he said he was. He told us not to take his word for it but to believe in what he did according to the will of his father who showed him what to do.
I pray that this message will sink into your hearts and minds this week and if anyone is not a believer my prayer is they will meet the Lord. If it’s on your heart to make Jesus Christ your Savior send a message to my email: email@example.com and I will help you do that.
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Blessed are you who enter in God’s name—from God’s house we bless you! God is God, he has bathed us in light. Psalm 118:26-27