“You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against any of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.” vs. 18
Reading the legal prescriptions of Leviticus reminds us that we’ve known for a long time how we ought to behave while living in community. There really are no mysteries here. We don’t need to be rocket scientists to be able to figure out that stealing, lying, slandering, and cheating the poor destroys our relationship with God and one another. So what’s really sad is that we just don’t seem to be getting any better! We’re still behaving in the same way our primitive ancestors did! And some days, if what we experience in the streets and see on the news is true, we’re actually getting worse. Fraudulent and scandalous behavior is so commonplace it doesn’t even surprise us anymore. Still, in the midst of all that mess we do manage to get things right occasionally…and most of us have experienced the amazing blessings that come with unqualified and unconditional love. And it doesn’t just happen on Valentine’s Day! Again and again we rise above our sin and touch the lives of others with tenderness and gentle affection. How good it feels to give and receive the hugs and kisses…and know that we have value. It’s the part of being human that we can feel good about…even when we make a mess of the other stuff.
Thought for the Day: What does love feel like?