Telling the Truth and Loving Your Neighbor

Leviticus 19:17-18; Leviticus 19:34 (Complete Jewish Bible)

17 “‘Do not hate your brother in your heart, but rebuke your neighbor frankly, so that you won’t carry sin because of him. 18 Don’t take vengeance on or bear a grudge against any of your people; rather, love your neighbor as yourself; I am ADONAI.

Leviticus 19:34

34 Rather, treat the foreigner staying with you like the native-born among you – you are to love him as yourself, for you were foreigners in the land of Egypt; I am ADONAI your God.

Matthew 22:36-40 (Complete Jewish Bible)

36 “Rabbi, which of the mitzvot in the Torah is the most important?” 37 He told him, “`You are to love ADONAI your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.’ 38 This is the greatest and most important mitzvah. 39 And a second is similar to it, `You are to love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All of the Torah and the Prophets are dependent on these two mitzvot.”

Galatians 4:16 (Complete Jewish Bible)

16 Have I now become your enemy because I tell you the truth?

John 8:37; John 8:45 (Complete Jewish Bible)

37 I know you are the seed of Avraham. Yet you are out to kill me, because what I am saying makes no headway in you.

45 But as for me, because I tell the truth you don’t believe me.

If we truly love others as ourselves as Jesus commanded us , we have no choice but to tell others about the Good News of Christ — whether they are our brother, our neighbor, or the foreigner that lives close to us. Every time we walk out our door we become a missionary! We may never go to a foreign country to preach the Gospel, but every single person God puts in our path is His way of reminding us that we are to proclaim His Good News. If we keep it to ourselves out of fear of rejection or because “those kind of people” don’t deserve to hear and have the opportunity to make their own choice about accepting or rejecting His message, then we’ve put ourselves in God’s place — and that’s what got Lucifer cast out of Heaven.

But it is more than duty for duty only goes so far. This is back to that relationship thing. You see, if we really love someone AND we truly believe that the Bible is completely true, then we cannot bear the thought that someone may die and be separated from God and be in eternal torture for lack of the knowledge of the Good News of Christ. If we give them the message and they reject it, then we are no longer responsible except to pray for them; but if we refuse to offer this free gift of love and forgiveness to them, we have taken the choice from them and we have blood on our hands.

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