I am a firm believer and follower of the two greatest commandments of the Lord Jesus which are to “Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind and to love thy neighbour as thyself.” What I have found to be true is that by following these two commandments, my life will be led in the following ways. First I will aim to please the Lord in all that I do, think and say. Second I will lead my life in a manner that prefers others even more than myself. I will look to be a blessing, I will offer my help, my wisdom, my encouragement and anything else that may be applicable to helping that one stand taller than they are right now. When we wholeheartedly wish to please the Lord, then nothing will be able to stop us from being a blessing to our fellow man and making every tough situation a little bit better than it was before we arrived. (Matthew 22:37-40) (1 John 4:20-21)
That is all we should strive to do in life; to make a bad situation better than it is right now. When we offer to do for our fellow man what we would wish to be done for us in our time of need, I believe that is when love is manifested in a tangible way. People will see without any doubt what unmerited love looks like. Unmerited love is love that can't be earned, it can't be bought, but it is given freely without motive or pretense. That is how God loves us and how He wishes for us to love our fellow man. The Bible says that if we have ought or sinned against anyone that we should go to them and ask forgiveness so that God may forgive us of our sins against Him. What we humbly do for our neighbor, the Lord will graciously do for us. (Luke 6:31) (Mark 11:25)
Be encouraged to think about how you are dealing with the people around you. Are there changes that need to be made? Do you need to seek forgiveness for an offense or offer forgiveness for a trespass against you? Don't wait any longer to correct any wrongs because when you do, you will be shining a beacon of light and showing an example that Christ asks every believer to show. We are commanded to turn the other cheek, to walk two miles if asked to walk one, to give to all who ask and be kind in all of our dealings. The Lord will be well pleased with each of us when we take His words to heart and follow His great commandments. Remember the words of the Lord, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 5:38-48) (Colossians 3:17)
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to be kind and considerate in everything that you do all the days of your life.
TWO SIMPLE REQUESTS
The great, spiritual, Buddhist leader, the Dalai Lama often ends his talks by warmly asking two things of his audiences. This is what he says: “Our greatest duty and our main duty is to help others, and please, if you can’t help them, would you please not hurt them?” These two requests are so simple, yet they are so powerful too. Within them are common sense, wisdom, kindness, the Golden Rule, and the great commandment to “Love your neighbor as you love yourself.”
Just think of how wonderful this world could be if all of us helped each other. Think of every child being held in loving arms. Think of a hand up for everyone who has fallen. Think of sweet smiles between strangers. Think of hugs of happiness between friends. Think of words of encouragement for every struggling student. Think of the sick being cared for, the lost being prayed for, and the elderly and disabled being watched over. Think of acts of kindness everywhere, blessing our lives and uplifting our spirits. Think of all of us connected together by helping hands and loving hearts.
And think of what would happen if even when we couldn’t help others we at least didn’t hurt them. What would happen if every time we felt a nasty comment coming to our mouth we placed our hand over it? What would happen if every time we raised a hand in anger we grasped it with our other hand and said a prayer instead? This whole world would feel more like Heaven because so many of us would be bringing Heaven here to Earth. Everything would be brighter because God’s love and light would be flowing out of each of our souls.
These two requests are so simple, but they have the strength to change your heart, and your life. They have the power to make this whole world better. May you always answer their call. May you always live a life of love, helpfulness, and happiness.
By Joseph J. Mazzella
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Romans 12:10 “Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another.”
Galatians 6:1-4 “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.”
2 Corinthians 1:3-5 “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.”
1 John 4:10-12 “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and His love is perfected in us.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
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