When your mid-night gets dark, and life throws you a curve ball to further complicate your situation, don’t let go; hold on.
I have dodged many curve balls in my lifetime, but I am a victim of many more. And, through it all, I have learned to trust God no matter how grave the situation. Still, that is easier said than done. But, I must remind you that the Bible is our blueprint, and the Holy guide is our guide.
“Love your neighbor as yourself” is one of the most well-known quoted Scripture of the bible. But it is also one of the most misinterpreted.
Do you love your neighbor as yourself?
It seems that loving your neighbor as yourself is quite a difficult thing to do. And I do not think that is what Jesus meant. I don’t know about you. But I do not know anyone who is that generous with their love.
So if you doubted whether you interpreted the Scripture above correctly, don’t worry because Luke wrote it down as he heard it in Luke 10:25-37
25 One day, an authority on the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to receive eternal life?”
26 “What is written in the Law?” Jesus replied. “How do you understand it?”
27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and soul. Love him with all your strength and with all your mind.’ (Deuteronomy 6:5) And ‘render help to those who are in need. (Leviticus 19:18)
28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do that, and you will live.”
29 But the man wanted to make himself look good. So he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
30 Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho. Robbers attacked him. They stripped off his clothes and beat him. Then they went away, leaving him almost dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down that same road. When he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 A Levite also came by. He passed by on the other side when he saw the man.
33 But a Samaritan came to the place where the man was. When he saw the man, he felt sorry for him. 34 He went to him, poured olive oil and wine on his wounds, and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his donkey. He brought him to an inn and took care of him.
35 The next day, he took out two silver coins. He gave them to the owner of the inn. ‘Take care of him,’ he said. ‘When I return, I will pay you back for any extra expense you may have.’
36 “Which of the three do you think was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by robbers?”
37 The authority on the law replied, “The one who felt sorry for him.”
Jesus had just finished teaching, healing the sick, and casting out demons. The large crowd overwhelmed Him. He was tired, and He needed a break. So, He encouraged His disciples to crossed on the other side of the lake. The Bible said,” Jesus got into the boat and began sailing across the lake with his disciples. Suddenly, a fierce storm developed. And the strong waves were breaking into the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples were fearful for their lives. So they went and woke him up, shouting, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”
Jesus responded, “Why are you afraid? You are men with weak faith!” Then He got up and rebuked the wind and waves, and immediately the waves receded. The disciples were perplexed. “Who is this, man?” they asked. “Even the winds and waves obey him” (Matthew 8:23-27).
The disciples had been with Jesus for a long time, still yet did not know Him. Even though they had seen Him cast out demons and healed the sick, yet they did not trust Him. Do you?
Apostle Peter, under the guidance and direction of the Holy Spirit, reminds us that we are sojourners and pilgrims in this world. In other words, all of us need a tour guide to help us navigate this wretched place.
Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul.
1 Peter 2:11 KJV Bible Gateway
Our shepherd, (Jesus), knows that we cannot survive this place. So, He came to guide us out. His mission is to restore our soul. And He was the only person The Father found worthy for the job. He has the right vision, and he knows the right direction.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
When it was time for the solders to place Jesus on the cross, He never flinches. He could have used His supreme power to free Himself, but He didn’t. And though He had the option to call ten thousand angels to set Him free, He chose the nails. Friends, there is no limit to God’s love. What He did on Calvary was not for a particular group of people. It was for me, you and the entire world. He made sure no one was excluded.
13 Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends.