His Command

Love My Neighbor

Love my neighbor; Your words are clear,

But which of ‘them’ do I hold dear?

Not those with whom I am annoyed,

nor those who I do not enjoy.

To You I can’t be insincere.

 

Yet as I read Your words I fear

these are the people You would steer

me, draw to openly with joy.

Love my neighbor.

 

Oh, Christ, it truly does appear

my enemies You would endear.

All thoughts of neighbor You destroy

which formerly did I employ.

To Your good will I now adhere:

Love my neighbor.

18 comments

  1. Mich-in-French · ·

    So lovely Susan and a great challenge, it is so easy to love the lovable but to love as Father calls us to requires so much more. It means dying to self and moving beyond our own comfort zones. Thank you for reminding me again, to focus on what He wants for us – to seek Him first, His Kingdom and His righteousness…

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    1. You’re so right, Michelle – any time we move beyond our comfort zone, it’s an uneasy feeling, but so worth the effort! ❤

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  2. Love is challenging and absolutely impossible without the Holy Spirit. Great post! 🙂

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    1. Thank you Erin. I’m always so glad when you stop by. 🙂

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  3. "light and salt" · ·

    There is no “partiality” with God…He loves all people equally! That doesn’t mean He loves all that they do, but He does love them all exactly the same.

    If we follow Him, we must adopt that kind of thinking. We care for everyone in the same way. We would seek to try to influence change among the less Godly, but we love them nonetheless.

    A very good poem and thought, Susan…

    Steve Pejay

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    1. Thank you, Steve, for joining me on the road less traveled!

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      1. "light and salt" · ·

        That’s just the “normal” thing for people of faith in this world!

        Take care, Susan, and enjoy your Godly blessings…
        Steve 🙂

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  4. Not always easy to follow His most important command: Love thy neighbor. Beautifully written. Thanks for the reminder.

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    1. No, not always easy, Kitt; that’s why we must depend on the Spirit. It’s a minute-by-minute and a lifelong journey. We’re human, and thankfully, we have His grace and forgiveness when we stumble.

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    2. Thank you, Kitt, for all the mentions on Twitter. I truly appreciate it. ❤

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      1. You are welcome!

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  5. I so loved this and NEEDED to hear it too! Thank you and God bless!

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  6. Simply, this is a lovely poem that you have written, Susan. Well done combining poetry with spirituality in such fashion.

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    1. Thanks, Nav. I look forward to these Sunday offerings.

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  7. “To You I can’t be insincere.”

    No matter how much I kid myself!! And on a good day? Look at me not thinking bad things, aren’t I good!! Which is not even close!!!!!

    Thank you Susan, you make it easier for me to stop kidding myself. 🙂

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    1. 😀 Hey, Paul. So great of you to come by on Father’s Day. You always make me smile. 🙂

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  8. Not an easy thing to achieve. Your lovely rhyming drives the point home. I now have to remember it! 🙂

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    1. Not easy at all, never easy. It’s always easier to be angry or resentful or hate. And remembering when we’re actually in the situation is the most difficult. In the end, it builds up our own hearts to do so. Each time we expand our own boundaries to love, to extend grace, it makes it easier to change our perspective.

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