Let’s discuss the topic of loving others. This can be hard to do but Jesus commanded us to do in in Luke 10. After giving the commandment to love our neighbours as ourselves, Jesus went on to tell the story of the good Samaritan. The priest and the Levite who passed by the desperate man were the ones everyone would expect to lend a hand; but they walked by. The Samaritan was someone that the Jews would look down upon do to a rough history but here, he is painted as a man having the most giving heart possible.
How do we love our neighbours as ourselves? We do it by in the same way we would receive love from others. We have to make sure of the following:
· Don’t pressure them to return the favour.
· Love them in a way that they won’t feel selfish for receiving.
· Don’t do it out of obligation (ask God for compassion for His people).
· Make sure there are no strings attached.
· Give them a reason to trust you and your motives.
Philippians 2:3-4 (NIV) “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.”