Philippines, a ministry (IPFA) International Philippines Fellowship Association was raised, after many travels to Philippines, with Home base is in Davao City, reaching out to orphans and poor families. The ministry is financed and administered only by Pastor Victor Rosado and Marivic Halupit a God loving and compassionate saint.
AGAPE LOVE POURED IN OUR HEARTS BY THE HOLY SPIRIT: By Pastor Victor Rosado
Loving your neighbor as yourself was called the second greatest commandment, second only to love the Lord your God (Matt 22:37-39). Luke records the encounter between Jesus and an expert in the law, in which Jesus confirms the significance of this command.
The lawyer asks Jesus: “Teacher, what must I do to receive eternal life?” Jesus asked the Lawyer: “What does the law of Moses say? How do you read it?” The man answered, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind. And, love your neighbor as yourself.” “Right!” Jesus told him, “Do this and you will live!” The lawyer followed up with a second question, rooted in situational morality: “Who is my neighbor?” (Lk 10:25-29).
Who do I have to consider as a neighbor? Which of my neighbors do I have to love? Are there any exceptions?
To clarify the precept “love your neighbor”, Jesus provides the lawyer with the example we know as “The Parable of The Good Samaritan”. The parable exposes the religious hypocrisy prominent among the Pharisees. The parable also involves divine reversal – portraying a Samaritan as the hero, and definitively depicting love as sacrificial sharing indicative of God’s love:
Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt deep pity. Kneeling beside him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with medicine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. The next day he handed the innkeeper two pieces of silver and told him to take care of the man. “If his bill runs higher than that,” he said, “I’ll pay the difference the next time I am here.” (Lk 10:33-35)
Jesus concludes this teaching opportunity by charging His disciples to follow the example of the Samaritan; living the second commandment in a way that demonstrates the sacrificial sharing inherent in God’s love: Now, which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?” Jesus asked. The man replied, “the one who showed him mercy.” Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same.” (Lk 10:36-37).Our neighbor is not just the ones living next door to us, but every person we come in contact with who is in need of assistance. What is sad is that most Christians don’t even come close to loving their neighbor as themselves. And if that isn’t bad enough, consider this, Jesus added to all Christians a new commandment. This commandment was to love one another even as Christ also loved us. “By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one to another” (Jn 13:34,35).
The apostle Paul was to place both of these commandments in perspective to one another when he wrote, “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith” (Gal 6:10).“By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?” (1 Jn 3:16-17). Even as loving our neighbor as ourselves fulfill the royal law (Jam 2:8), by bearing one another burdens, we fulfill the law of Christ (Gal 6:2). Therefore, if Christians truly love God, they love also their fellow brethren (1 Jn 4:20,21) and love sinners as Christ also loved them and gave himself for them and you and I. (1 Jn 4:8-11). Without love, there will be an absence of mercy, compassion and kindness. Unmerited Favor=GRACE!!!
We will just become nominal cold selfish Christians. So let us open our hearts and allow God’s love to touch those around us.. Glory to His Name!!