Jesus said the second of the two greatest commandments is to “love your neighbor as yourself.” He also warned, “And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold” (Matthew 24:12).
We’re living in an age where love is growing cold, and being replaced all too often by bitterness, aggression, hatred, violence and other evils, as God’s law is despised and rejected.
Regardless, God’s commandments still stand, and those who love their neighbors in accordance with God’s instructions will reap rewards now and in the ages to come. Who is your “neighbor”? And how are you to love your neighbor? Principles we can apply to this precept are found in Scripture, as we seek to apply God’s word in learning how God would have us love our neighbors.
One of the notable traits of God’s nature and character is patience. God wants to shape our nature into the likeness of his nature, with our willing cooperation. If we are to have godly character, we must learn patience. How is God’s patience exemplified? And in what ways are we expected to develop and practice patience?
Today’s world is in turmoil. The descendants of the ancient peoples of Israel, not just the Jewish people, but all of the so-called “lost ten tribes,” who migrated westward and eventually settled in the British Isles, parts of western and northwestern Europe, and kindred peoples in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and other scattered places, were warned that if they rejected him and his commandments they would have their blessings replaced by curses. But after a period of punishment, they would be delivered, and not only they, but the entire world would be blessed by God as never before, under the reign of the risen Jesus Christ, returned to the earth to assume rulership over the entire world, sitting on the throne of David in Jerusalem.
In this message we discuss some additional ways in which the world will be different — and far better — after the return of Jesus Christ, than it is today, in the concluding message of this series.
God created human beings for a specific purpose, to fulfill a destiny for them that God had in mind before there were any humans. Learn how the concept of family is at the heart of God’s purpose for humanity, the very purpose for which you exist.
According to Scripture, zeal, properly exercised and directed, is an important key to winning the spiritual battles we must face. With zeal for victory, we can overcome, and reach the goal of God’s kingdom.