Jesus was once asked:
“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?”
He then answered:
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.
Interestingly though, He did not stop there, He also added another commandment that He thought was great and important.
“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
That is amazing! What Jesus is trying to say is if you love God then you have to love your neighbour and yourself.
This word neighbour includes everyone that is near you, whether at work or on the bus, or your actual neighbour at home.
Jesus is not only referring to the nice and respectful people. Jesus is also talking about those annoying people who always get on your nerves and make your life miserable.
We are here on this planet for a reason. We have a great commission from God: “to make disciples of every nation.” ( Matthew 28:19 )
We cannot do that, if we pick and choose the people who are nice outwardly and neglect those who are a bit rowdy or weird.
If we look back to Jesus life on earth we will notice that, apart from the 12 disciples, Jesus had many other disciples ( John 6:65-68 ). Amongst them were tax collectors, prostitutes, thugs and so on and so forth. People that even our modern society would condemn. Jesus was seen so many times around these people that people started condemning Him. ( Matthew 9:9-13 )
Lets be very careful here though, Jesus was hanging around these people for a very good reason: He did not do the same evil things they were doing, but instead He brought light into the darkness that was in their sinful lifestyle.
Jesus is, was and will forever be the apex of Gods love and mercy! He showed it everywhere He went, not only by preaching the gospel, but also by doing good to the people. In all the good works He did, He never compromised the truth of the gospel.
We as Christians(followers of Christ) have to follow in His footsteps, according to the grace God has given us.
Showing the same love and care that He had for the people. Not by our own strength or wisdom, but by the power of the Holy Spirit.
The bible has many examples of followers of Christ who walked in Christ footsteps even when they faced death: a great example is Stephen ( Acts 7:59-60 ).
Kindly reflect on these words and let the Holy Spirit prompt and guide you into places and people to whom you can share the Love of Jesus with.
Stay blessed and may you have a wonderful day.