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Love Your Neighbor

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor  and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven.

He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 

Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Matthew 5:43-48

Jesus teaches us that there is no greater commandment than to love God with all our heart and to love each other. It took a lot of work for me personally to learn how to do that.

I’ve been a believer for so many years and I carried heathy burden of unforgiveness for years.

I read this Bible verse (Matthew 5:43-48) so many times and, yet, I continued living in pain blaming others for what they had done. Only when I fully grasped the concept of God’s love and His plan for me, was I able to embrace every person from my past and embrace every experience that they had given me.

The truth is, our life journey is always leading us to something new- new knowledge, experiences and new “us”. I believe, we are destined to meet certain people at a different time in our life and, I truly believe, that they will teach us important things that will shape us moving forward.

Therefore, whether the person we meet gives us good or bad experiences- in the end, it’s all good. We grow through pain and we learn how to forgive, accept others for who they are and we also learn a lot about ourselves too.

Once I accepted every person from my past with gratitude and the experience that they had given me as something that I really needed, I became a different person. I really did. I felt like that heavy weight came off my shoulders and peace entered my heart. It felt like I did the right thing. I overcame my pride and opened up my heart to something beautiful and pure.

It only took me 15 years to realize the importance of forgiveness. It’s such an important and challenging step towards our growth.

God is so beautiful and so pure. If we keep looking at Him, He will transform us and make us “new”. He will always give us a chance and we should also give others a chance too. Forgiveness and acceptance brings us closer to God for his is LOVE!

All the glory to Him!

May God bless each one of you.

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