In the Old testament, we were handed down The Ten Commandments by Moses from God on Mount Sinai, and all ten commandments but two emphasized on what we as Christians should not engage in. But in the New testament, Jesus when asked what the greatest commandment was, summed up the ten in two as is evident from the scripture below:
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Notice how Jesus summed up all the commandments in one word, LOVE. He first of all said to love our God with all our hearts,souls and minds. Then He proceeded to say "love your neighbor as yourself". This is the second greatest commandment after the first and this Jesus urges us to do all the days of our lives.
Genesis tells that we have been made in the image and likeness of God.There really should not be any reason why we hate one another or engage in hate acts if we actually accept that every person we meet or see is Christ and
1 John 4:7,says Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God
And what better season to show this love, Christ-like love to one another than during the season when we await the birth of Son Of Man. So many people are dying every day without having experienced first hand the love of Christ in the world they lived in.
Christ urged us to love even our enemies and so why not show a stranger love today. You just might make their day and you really don't have to know somebody before you can show them that Christ loves them, and the only and best way to do that is by being there.
It might be as simple as a smile, a hug, a handshake or for those who can, providing just the basic needs to someone else in need like a blanket, shoes or better still, volunteering in one way or the other. But whatever way you choose to show that love, make sure to be in contact with that person for no matter what it is that you have made available to them, nothing more would be appreciated than when you smile at them or hug them and assure them that Christ has not forgotten about them.
Jesus is the reason for this season and Jesus is love,and if we can keep to the commandment He gave us, the world would be a much better place. For there would be no wars, no conflict and no hate. Why do we walk around passing judgements on people without even knowing their stories? Without knowing what they have been through and not knowing if we would be that strong, if we were in their shoes?
We have been clearly warned to not pass judgements so we ourselves are not judged. So instead of being quick to label somebody or pass judgements on people whose stories we clearly have no idea about, how about we extend a hand of friendship first, of love, and touch a live, so that even if we do not remain in contact with the said people, they will know that what they experienced was nothing short of love.
It doesn't have to be fancy gifts,just your time, a listening ear and a warm hug works every time, because that hug, or time you took to listen to this stranger might make all the difference in the life of someone who was contemplating suicide. But also, make sure, while in their presence, to share the goodness of God with them and reassure them of the love He has for His children.
For when we obey and practice this second greatest commandment, then would it be easier to practice all the other eight commandments because we would not hurt those we love. So regardless of who it is, be it our enemies,families, friends, or strangers, lets show that Christ is alive in us by our actions, which should be nothing short of the Love of Christ.