‘…rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of others.’ Philippians 2:3b-4
I am very generous with those that I know. I will give them the shirt off my back. However when it comes to someone who has destroyed something I’ve worked for, taken something from me or hurt a family member, a very different Trey responds. I preach daily that it all belongs to God. But, steal my fishing tackle or rob my family of a provision and it takes about two seconds for one to know what I’m really about.
Walking with God requires a no compromise life. Contrary to popular belief there is no Christian walk that exists in accepting the sin of the world and still thinking you’re following Jesus. Likewise, there is no Christianity that exists apart from loving your neighbor.
Loving your neighbor is not reserved for those you like to be around. It is not exclusive for family members and people you vacation with. As hard as it may be and as much against your grain as it is, loving your neighbor means being willing to lay down your life for those who want to destroy you. Loving your neighbor means praying for those that hurt you and generously giving up your tunic to the undeserved.
Jesus willingly went to the Cross for all of us. From the witness bound to the martyrs stake to the dictator who spits in his face to the looters and corrupt government officials of today, He laid down His life for all of us.
If I say I want to be like Jesus and if I pray to be like Jesus then the action of me loving my neighbor should look like a mirror image.