“The commandments, ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not covet,’ and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this one rule: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.” Romans 13: 9 -10
We love ourselves enough to make sure our needs are met – food, shelter, clothing. We also take precautions to keep from being cheated, injured or hurt. This type of self-love should be extended to others. Let’s not let the fear of our help being rejected or the fear of hurting someone’s pride keep us from being sure the hungry are fed, homes are structually sound and bodies are clothed appropriately for the season. Let’s not let our differences keep us from standing up for those who are being treated unfairly. We don’t have to travel to third-world countries to “let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5: 16). The family living next door may need all these things and more.
God bless you.