“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.”
When Jesus tells us about the “final judgment” it seems to have nothing to do with the Ten Commandments. Those, of course, are foundational. But Jesus takes it a lot further. He seems to say that getting the rules right is not the objective. The objective is to love your neighbor. And as a matter of fact…when you love your neighbor…you love Christ Himself! The fact is…when measured against the standard Jesus sets in this scripture…none of us can possibly measure up. Perhaps Jesus wants to pull the rug out from under the ‘self-righteous’ who believe their pious, self-centered religious practices are what God wants of us? Perhaps we all need to “die” to our ego-centered selves and identify with those who have not been included, those who have been cast out by society? After all…aren’t we all lacking in some way and in need of the mercy and compassion of God?
Suggested song of the day– “Love God” on the Live to Love album.
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Remember…God loves you!