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Daily Encouragement from Trinity Vineyard Church

Loving Others

“If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself,’ you are doing right.” James 2:8 (NIV)
We are by nature self-absorbed, self-centered, and self-focused. When anything happens around us our first question is: How will this affect me? In many ways, we act as though the earth really does rotate around us. The reality of our fallen nature pops up from time to time like a ground hog trying to catch a glimpse of daylight.
Jesus acknowledges the presence of our self-love. We truly love ourselves. As one of my colleagues would often say, “Sometimes you just have to be good to yourself!” We have no problem being good to ourselves, do we? We value comfort. We value pleasure. We value looking good and feeling good and sleeping good.
As we begin viewing others from God’s perspective, we will begin to value others the way God values them. The resulting choice will be to love others as we love ourselves. In other words, we will begin to treat others the way we want to be treated. We will love others with the same kind of love that we desire to receive.
“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 7:12 (NIV)
“Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:4 (NIV)
James identifies that we are doing right when we love others as we love ourselves. Longing to do right is not enough.
Putting our faith in action by loving others brings honor to God

Ordonez Laso. September 3, 2020

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