Do not take revenge on others or continue to hate them, but love your neighbours as you love yourself. I am the LORD. - Leviticus 19:18
The second most important commandment is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as you love yourself.’ - Matthew 22:39
For the whole Law is summed up in one commandment: “Love your neighbour as you love yourself.” - Galatians 5:14
In his book Amen to That: The Amazing Way the Bible Influences Our Everyday Language published in 2013, Ferdie Addis writes this:
“The Old Testament is full of injunctions about what one ought or oughtn’t to do to one’s neighbour. Don’t covet ‘thy neighbour’s ass’, says Exodus. Don’t ‘move a sickly unto thy neighbour’s corn’ says Deuteronomy. ‘Be not a witness against thy neighbour without good cause’ says the book of Proverbs.
But by far the most important rule is summed up in one sentence in the book of Leviticus. ‘Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself’.
This rule is a central statement to Christian ethics. In Matthew’s gospel Jesus describes it as one of the great commandments, and in his Letter to the Galatians Paul goes even further saying that ‘’the whole law is fulfilled’ in that single principle.
Of course, a lot hinges on who you think your neighbour is – a question that Jesus deals with in the parable of the Good Samaritan.”
How many people in this COVID-19 crisis, are loving their neighbour more than themselves, as they continue to work serving the community in hospitals, shops, doing deliveries, raising money for charities, etc?
The reflections here are written by members of our congregation.