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In case you ever wonder what you should do, Scripture has some wise advice:
You shall love your neighbor as yourself. Love works no ill against his neighbor.
That’s pretty clear.
And if that’s not clear enough. God made sure this sage advice was repeated in both the Old Testament and the New Testament, the Gospels and the Epistles (parentheses mine):
- Romans 13:9-10 You shall love your neighbor as yourself. Love works no ill against his neighbor.
- Leviticus 19:18 You shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord (giving you this command)
- Matthew 22:39 The second (commandment from Christ) is like the first: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
- Galatians 5:14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
- James 2:18 Show me your faith without works (of love), I will show you my faith by my works (of love).
If you’ve read much Scripture, you’ve probably noticed that:
- If God says something ONCE, he means it.
- If he says it TWICE, you better not ignore it.
- If he says it 3 TIMES, you’re going to start getting “woe unto thee”.
So if it is in Scripture more than 3 times? I’d say that was high priority in God’s eyes.