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Love Your Neighbor

MEDITATION:

Written by Joey Bonifacio, a contemporary pastor. This is an excerpt from his book “The Lego Principle.”

Open any LEGO box and you’ll find a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. There are red, blue, green, brown, yellow, orange, white, black, gray, and other color pieces. There are fat, flat, rectangular, round, square, thick, thin, long, and short pieces. Though there is a wide assortment of LEGO pieces, they are all designed to do one thing:  connect.  To connect means to attach, to associate, to bond. LEGO bricks and pieces are designed with studs on top to interlock with the bottom of each piece. While LEGO bricks are so varied, they all have one purpose: to connect at the top and at the bottom. Just like LEGO pieces that connect at the top and at the bottom, discipleship is about connecting to God with one another. This is the LEGO Principle: Connect first to God and then to one another. It does not matter what one’s skin color, social background, age, or denomination is – God designed us all to connect to Him and then to one another. Jesus said the foremost commandment is about connecting with God: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” This is the first and greatest commandment. Then He said, “The second is like it: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” These two commandments combine to become the LEGO principle: Connect to God. Connect to one another. This to Jesus was what it meant to be His disciple.

PRAYER:

Written by A. W. Tozer (1897-1963), an American Christian pastor, author, magazine editor and spiritual mentor.

Father, help me to be all you want me to be. No matter how odd I appear in this world. You know me like no one else. You knitted me together in my mother’s womb You want to walk with me, to talk with me, as you did with Adam and Eve. I want this very much. Apart from living my life with you, connected to you like branches in a vine, I can do nothing. But with you all things are possible. Please, as your servant Paul wrote, “let your mind be in me.” Amen.

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