You shall love your neighbour as yourself.

 

 

Jesus said to him ‘ You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind ‘

This is the first and greatest commandment.

And the second is like it: ‘ You shall love your neighbour as yourself ‘. {Matthew 22:37-39}

 

Today I want to talk about the second half of the greatest commandment.

I truly believe if we can continually teach ourselves and our children to always put ourselves in another person’s shoes,

we will fulfil Gods greatest commandment and automatically exhibit the fruit of the spirit too. {Galatians 5:22}

 

Lets see how this works:

If you love your neighbour as you love yourself you will not curse him, as that is how you would want to be treated.

If you love your neighbour as yourself you will not speak ill behind his back, as that is what you would want.

And if you do love your neighbour as yourself, you will be quick to forgive because you would want others to forgive you as quickly.

So you see, its that simple.

 

Golden rule- Do unto other's as you would have them do unto you. Click To Tweet

 

Role play.

A great way to teach this simple truth to children is to role play.

I did some role playing with my son and his two friends.

It went like this-one of them accidentally gets hurt. How do the other two react?

The first scenario is they start pointing and laughing at the friend that is hurt.

 

The second scenario is they run to help him and ask how he is doing, because if you were in that situation

you would want that, and as soon as they figure he is doing fine they laugh a bit. (You know how boys are:) )

This kind of role play really helped the children and I saw a significant change in the boys reactions thereafter.

 

Reacting and  responding to others exactly how you would want them to respond to you is a win-win situation.

Go ahead start trying this from today.

 

Love your neighbour, period. - God Click To Tweet

 

Do you do any role playing at home?

What ideas do you have to teach children important values?

 

Declare the word of God with me:(speak for yourself, husband and child)

My child is just, holy, self controlled in all his ways (Titus 1:7b)

My child is quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger. (James 1:19)

My child does unto others as he would like them to do unto him.(Luke 6:31)

 

Pray with me:

Abba Father, today I ask you to help me and my child to love our neighbours as we love ourselves.

Teach us to be selfless, loving, forgiving, self-controlled, just, holy in Jesus name.

Let us always put ourselves in other peoples shoes and respond compassionately as you always did in Jesus name. Amen.

 

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.

-Mahatma Gandhi

 

 

 

 

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