Loving Our Neighbors
It is always easier for people to tear others down then to build them up. Our negative feelings could be demonstrated using a mannequine. We ask our friends, one at a time, look the mannequine in the eyes and say, "I love you." Of course most of them had a difficult time either just to say the words or to say them without laughing hysterically. Let's have each person look at the mannequin again, only this time they said, "I hate you." Needless to say, they feel pretty easy to say "I hate you."
Let us take a vote and confrim that most of everyone find it easy to express hatred. Jesus does not want it for a certain. We, thus, could read Luke 10:27, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all you soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself." The grace of Jesus produces; He wants us to embrace every person. His double command (love your God; love your neighbor) centers all action for the Christian.
Let's take time sitting together, each pair take turns to compliment each other. Then switch, change partners. Notice that, each round the compliment could not be duplicated, no "you too." After then, the activities really re-inforce how we should treat our neighbors.
O God, my love is meager and fickle. Your love is huge vast and constant. Now that you have told me, unforgettably, who my neighbor is, pour out your love on me so that I may love my neighbor "as I must love." Spirit of God, Power of Love, descend on my heart. in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.