Monday, March 2, 2015

Loving Jesus in our neighbor

"Stop judging and you will not be judged."
Luke 6:37
It's no accident that the readings of Lent help us to pry open our hearts and see where we'd really like to change, right?  This time of repentance and renewal give us a great opportunity to take stock in how we treat others. Is how we treat others an accurate picture of how much we love God?  Because God seems to think so.  Jesus tells us in Matthew 25:40, "Whatever you did for one of the least brothers of mine you did for me." How we treat others is a reflection of our love for God.  Startling isn't it?  It's so easy to love God but so much harder to love our neighbor. How we treat others gives a brief glimpse at how we would treat Jesus if (when, really) Jesus shows up in our daily lives. Let's be really aware of our thoughts and words today as we begin this second week of Lent.  If we find ourselves forming judgments or negative attitudes about others, let's stop. Would we say these words about Jesus? Would we ever call Jesus lazy or irresponsible? Would we make fun of Jesus' appearance? Would we criticize Jesus in any way? Certainly not!  So, let's love our neighbor the same way.  Love, heidi

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