The devotional below was authored by Boyd Brigman.
Boyd Brigman is a freelance writer, Christian blogger, and football letterwinner (1983). Boyd resides in College Station, Texas. See more of Boyd’s blogs at bigosbibletime.blogspot.com.
Matthew 22: 36- 40
Jesus highlights “loving your neighbor” by including it in His answer, even though it was not part of the question … While the church has rightfully focused on loving God …our response to loving our neighbor has often been to look for loopholes.
Jesus told a story about a mugging victim and discussed how different people responded when they came upon him injured … He did not tell the lawyer how to identify a neighbor – he told him how to be one. Jesus basically said – it is your problem – being someone’s brother is “on you” … it is your responsibility, not theirs. You cannot limit who you love by race, occupation, political affiliation, or even how they treat you …you are to be a neighbor to everyone God puts in your path. Love them like you love yourself…THAT is the second greatest commandment – and Jesus said it is like the first.
The importance of brotherhood is in our DNA… In Genesis – God said, “it is not good for the man to be alone” – and that is not just talking about marriage. Psychologists who study solitary confinement say that it “destroys people as human beings.” Lack of community can cause anxiety- panic- Depression- Anger- Cognitive disturbances- etc. If we ever doubted that isolation is dangerous, the statistics from this pandemic have made it crystal clear… As God said, “It Is Not Good.”
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