Here’s another “What would Jesus say today?” blogs.
2000 years ago Jesus said; “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”
In 2016 I would like to think he would say something like “Spread love as thickly as you would Nutella.”
This is not a new concept – this ‘love another’ stuff has been around for millennia. The church has been proclaiming it for as long as here has been a church. The work of loving our neighbour is what we should be doing. This is what the church is about (and by the church I mean the people that make up the church, that is you and me!).
Loving your neighbour is a simple concept – read the story of the Good Samaritan – the idea is that everyone is your neighbour and we should lavish as much care on them as we would do on ourselves. Easy idea – you’re already understood it, after just reading that sentence.
Now do think about doing it – think out spreading love around the place as thickly as I spread Nutella on bread (I at least need to see teethmarks when I bite it).
Think about treating people the same way you would treat yourself. Think about caring for someone, anyone, that person walking past on the street right now, as you would yourself.
Not so easy now is it? The concept is simple – the reality is anything but, the concept is really difficult.
But just because it’s difficult it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do it to the best of our ability. Let’s be honest – we should strive for, but we will never manage, to love our neighbour as ourselves. We will attempt, but never quite, spread the Nutella as thick as we would for ourselves.
But let’s give it a go. Spread that stuff – love each other, love your neighbour who ever he or she might be.