“But the fruit of the Spirit is love” (Galatians 5:22, KJV)
When we surrender ourselves to the Spirit, He teaches us that all human beings are equally created in the image of God (Deuteronomy 9:6, James 3:9), and therefore they deserve to have their needs met, and to be treated with dignity, kindness, and respect.
Moreover, not only did God create them in His own image, but He delivered His own Son, Jesus Christ, to die for all their sins, and ours (John 3:16, 1 John 2:2, 1 John 4:10). We therefore are constrained to love others, that the love of Christ would shine on them so they may see and love Him in return (2 Corinthians 5:14).
- Do you recognize that God created every human being in His own image? Do you recognize that Jesus died for our sins because God loves every human being?
- Why then do you struggle loving others as yourself?
- How can you love others as much as you love yourself?
- Why is it important to love others as yourself? How will it benefit them, you, and the rest of society?
Lord, I struggle loving others as myself because I am a sinner (I am one of those for whom Christ, your Son, died). Nevertheless, I believe that you created us human beings in your image and loved us so much you gave your Son for us. I therefore yield myself to you so your Spirit may lead me to love others in the name of Jesus and for your glory.
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