Love God and hate our neighbor…not an option.

Revenge  |  February 25

Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge.
There is one Lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy. Who are you to judge another?

James 4:11-12

Dear Jesus, Your half-brother James, received a great deal of specific instruction from You. James understood the Law. You taught him and us that to love your neighbor as yourself was a commandment that summarized the last 6 of the 10 commandments. We can not love a person, unsaved or not, and be their judge. We would ourselves be breaking the Law.

Father, some of us are very good at following the first 4 commandments wherein we are to love You with all our heart, mind, soul and strength. Some of us are very weak in following the next 6 commandments. We are sometimes insensitive and angry toward those who we feel have wronged us, toward the mean spirited, the unlovely, the down trodden, the disobedient and those who do not appear to love You. We know that Satan’s agenda is to kill, steal and destroy and that he is the chief of all liars. Our agenda is to be like You Jesus.

If we could but see every person as someone created in Your image, it surely would effect our attitude toward them. We need much help in this situation Father. The more we love You the more we hate sin. Help us not hate the sinner but to pray for them.

Help us know, today, that You Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to be our Counselor, our internal Guide and Strength. Help us show others we love You by loving them as well. They, of all people, need to seek a personal relationship with you. In Jesus Holy name, we pray, amen.

Bruce Caldwell

The Sola Scriptura Project

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