Pastor's Paragraph for July 7, 2019
JULY 7, 2019
Now that we are fully in the throws of summer my neighborhood is awake. There is a very different “vibe” in my neighborhood when the weather breaks. People are mowing their yards, mulching their flowers beds, and simply caring for their properties in ways that can’t be done in winter and spring. Simply put, my neighbors are outside again. So every few days I have to make decisions regarding my neighbors; who will I wave to, who will I talk to, who will I help?
You don’t have to do an intensive search to find out what’s most important to God, and what the greatest commandment ever given by God was, because it’s given by God, and specifically, Jesus Christ, as He says, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets” (Matt. 22:37-40).
Why does Jesus say that loving God and loving your neighbor are the greatest? Clearly, that means they are the most important commandments.
You and I know that God’s will for us is to not sin, but we can sin by despising our neighbor (when the music is too loud, when they take all the good parking or when their leaves blow into your yard). Solomon wrote, “Whoever despises his neighbor is a sinner, but blessed is he who is generous to the poor” (Prov. 14:21). Part of loving God is loving our neighbor, but also obeying God, since, “whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him” (1 John 2:5).
So you and I can care for the world as our neighbor and we should, but some of us need to include the neighbors we can wave to, talk to and help.
Rev. Dr. Gary Weaver