WHAT IS LOVE
18“ ‘Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord
– Leviticus 19:18
Don’t stay upset or be angry with anyone, but instead love them as you love yourself. Because I am God and I say so.
BREAKDOWN: In college, I had a friend that was very close to me, but one day he ended up owing me money. Now, before this time, we had been through everything together and would do anything for each other, but this money situation made all of that change. I will admit that I was salty with him because it wasn’t a small amount of money I had given him, but I also realized that the unpaid loan wasn’t worth holding a grudge against this friend. I mean, it wasn’t like I was faultless. There were plenty of times he had forgiven me for something and moved on.
This is what God is talking about in the book of Leviticus. God does not want us to hold a grudge or try to take revenge against someone. Instead, he wants us to love him or her as we love ourselves. Of course, we have to love ourselves with the understanding that every part of us God created on, and for, a purpose (Psalm 139:14). It is only right that we love what God has created in us, and, because He has also created our neighbor, despite what they may have done to us, it is only right that we love him or her, too.
LIVE IT OUT: Today be understanding of people you feel have wronged you. Also understand that God doesn’t want you to choose revenge because He will fight your battles for you (Exodus 14:14 NIV). God doesn’t want you to hold a grudge against them either, but to show them the “true” love of Christ. Remember, “Love is forgiveness”, and it is the key to moving on to what God has for both of you.
PRAYER: Jesus, today help me to let go of any grudges I have harbored against anyone. Allow me to show them your love, the same love that you have for me, so that I can move on to the great things that you have planned for me on today. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
Greek Word: Forgiveness= Aphesis “Af’-es-is” “