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‘Thou shalt love thy neighbour’

Posted by hrgarippa on 17 March, 2006

Matthew 5:43

‘Love thy neighbour.’ Perhaps he rolls in riches, and thou art poor, and living in thy little cot side-by-side with his lorldly mansion; thou seest every day his estates, his fine linen, and his sumptuous banquets; God has given him these gifts, covet not his wealth, and think no hard thoughts concerning him. Be content with thine own lot, if thou canst not better it, but do not look upon thy neighbour, and wish that he were as thyself. Love him, and then thou wilt not envy him.
Mayhap, on the other hand, thou art rich, and near thee reside the poor. Do not scorn to call them neighbours. Own that thou art bound to love them. The world calls them thy inferiors. In what are they inferior? They are far more thine equals than thine inferiors, for ‘God hath made of one blood all people that dwell upon the face of the earth’. It is thy coat which is better than theirs, but thou art by no means better than they. They are men, and what art thou more than that? Take heed that thou love thy neighbour even though he be in rags or sunken in the depths of poverty.
But, perhaps, you say, ‘I cannot love my neighbours, because for all I do they return ingratitude and contempt’. So much the more room for the heroism of love. Wouldst thou be a feather-bed warrior, instead of bearing the rough fight of love? He who dares the most, shall win the most; and if rough be thy path of love, tread it boldly still loving thy neighbours through thick and thin. Heap coals of fire on their heads, and if they be hard to please, seek not to please them, but to please thy Master; and remember if they spurn thy love, thy Master hath not spurned it, and thy deed is as acceptable to Him as if it had been acceptable to them. Love thy neighbour, for in so doing thou art following the footsteps of Christ.

Morning & Evening by Charles H. Spurgeon, 12 March

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Top Down

Posted by hrgarippa on 7 March, 2006

My car is in the shop and my friend Hattie is out of town and has graciously loaned me her convertible slug bug while she is gone. There is so much freedom in an eighty degree sunny day, driving with the top down, hair blowing in the wind and good music on the radio. I was born for such a day as this.

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Lent

Posted by hrgarippa on 7 March, 2006

I’ve given up red meat for Lent. It really isn’t very good for me, but boy do I love it. To me there is nothing better than a juicy burger or a nice big steak, but I do want to take care of this body that God has given me and so I figured I would start off with something doable…I can always have a turkey burger 🙂

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