And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” There is no other commandment greater than these.
Thank you for joining me this morning! Today I have something a little special for this Devotional. I have asked my dear friend Chandra Fulwood to join me, and the following devotional was written by her.
With everything happening in the world, we’ve seen both the division and the hate spread, and these two verses really speak to me. It makes me think about how a lot of people talk about loving God and loving your neighbor, but no one really talks about loving yourself.
You see, you have to love yourself first in order to love your neighbor. The scripture says, love your neighbor as yourself. But in order to love yourself, you first have to love God because He created us. You have to allow God to tell you who you are.
A lot of people look to culture, look to their family, look to their distorted beliefs and values to tell them who they are, and I think that is why we see a lot of the racism and hate that we have witnessed today and have witnessed for centuries. I think we need to look at the way God has loved us.
You see, God didn’t create us because He needed us. He created us because He wanted to create us, and He wanted to love us. At the very beginning of time, He knew we would fall, and He knew He would have to pick us up. Yet He wanted to love us so bad that He did that anyway.
I want to encourage people to look at the way they treat people and the way they love people because I think it says a lot about the way they love themselves. In this climate and at this time, people need to evaluate the way they look at themselves.
Go back to what God says that we are and what God has taught us about love. This will help. It will help you look at people in a different light.
As an African American – I know a lot of people who do hate people of other races, but at the same time, we need to look at these people and ask ourselves, “What does God say about loving these people?”
“What has been spoken to me that I need to reevaluate?”
“That’s not the way God is asking me to love my neighbor.”
You see, your neighbor is not just the people you know. Your neighbor is your community. You need to look at your community and love the way that God would instruct us to love.
Father God, I just thank you for each person that will listen and read this devotional. I pray that as we go about our day, God, that you would show us how we are supposed to love one another. I pray for the climate that we are in, and I pray you to touch the souls of people. I pray you to speak into their lives. Come against the root and spirit of the evil wickedness of racism. I thank you for what You are doing. I pray all of these things in your mighty name, and in Jesus name, I pray, Amen!