Jesus told us the greatest thing we can ever do with our lives is to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.” (Matthew 22:37-38)
But did you know that the second most important thing you can do with your life has to do with every relationship you will ever have. Jesus said “A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:39)
Do you know what that means? It means people matter! Your neighbor matters and your neighbor is everyone else on the planet but you.
What would happen in your marriage, friendships or any other relationship if every time you encountered your neighbor you told yourself “this person matters?”
You would begin to have less drama and conflict in your life. Not to mention you would begin to have some of the most meaningful relationships you’ve ever had.
The key to being a great neighbor to the people in your life is to love them! “Do to others as you would like them to do to you.” (Luke 6:27-31) Show them their significance and stop putting yourself first. This is key!
If you treat people like dirt your relationships will keep getting buried in it. But if you love your neighbor as yourself like Jesus told us to then you will have a life full of rich & satisfying relationships.
Make It Count,
Zachary Elliott is the lead pastor at Fusion Christian Church located in Temecula. He can be contacted at (951) 676-8511. For more information, visit www.myfusionchurch.com.