My wife and I are from Georgia and so we do love us some good bluegrass music sometimes. One of the songs that we have on our ipod is ‘You don’t love God if you don’t love your neighbor’ – by Rhonda Vincent. Besides being a pretty sweet bluegrass tune it has quite a convicting message. The song is based on the passage that Steve shared this past Sunday from Matthew 18:21-35 about the man who was forgiven of millions of dollars and then goes and wrings the neck of someone who owes him like 100 bucks.
Jesus also links the love of God with the love of our neighbor in Matthew 22:36-39, 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
I love worship music and the power of all of our voices singing praises to God on a Sunday morning. But here’s a final thought. Perhaps the handshake I give to someone I see in the lobby is just as important. Perhaps the drive to church with the family matters to God too. Maybe stopping and praying with someone who is really burdened after church is a big deal to God. Maybe some of the sweetest music God hears is when he watches us show mercy towards people, notice the forgotten, greet the lonely, include the left out, and encourage the discouraged.
Striving to look more like Jesus,