Love Thy Neighbor As Thyself
Outline By: Brian A. Yeager
A. Selfishness has long been a problem among humanity (Numbers 32:1-8 and Philippians 2:20-21).
1. A mark of perilous [hard; troublesome] times is men loving themselves (IITimothy 3:1-5).
2. Selfish people will help others, at times, if they can get something from it (Isaiah 56:10-12 and Jude 3-4; 11-16).
B. The “what have you done for me lately” mentality is wrong (Luke 6:32-35).
1. Don’t do things for others based on what you’ll get back from them (Luke 14:12-14).
2. We should consider, outside of what we’ve already discussed, how we’d want to be treated (Luke 6:31).
II. Body: A Command Second To Only One (Matthew 22:37-39 and Mark 12:27-31).
A. The law fulfilled in one… (Galatians 5:13-14).
1. The Lord is not saying if you love others that’s all there is to it (James 2:8-12).
2. Having said that, it is that basis of all the spiritual good that we do (Galatians 6:10).
When you correct the erring (Proverbs 27:5-6 and Revelation 3:19).
When you help a brother in need (IICorinthians 8:4-9:13).
It is hateful to do nothing to help save someone who is lost (Leviticus 19:17).
B. Who is my neighbor (Luke 10:25-37)?
1. We don’t want to find ways of self-justification if we’re failing here (Luke 16:15, Romans 10:1-3, and IICorinthians 10:18).
2. More than lip service to accomplish (James 2:15-16 and IJohn 3:16-19).
C. One characteristic needed to fulfill - selflessness (Romans 15:1-3 and Philippians 2:4-8).
1. How selfless was our Savior (IICorinthians 8:9)?
2. Was Paul moved by what he could gain for himself (Acts 20:31-35, ICorinthians 9:19-23, and IICorinthians 12:14-15)?
3. Did Joseph have a selfish mindset about his wife, his life, his family, etc. (Matthew 1:18-25)?
4. Did faithful Christians put self first (Acts 4:32-37)?
5. Remember, we should follow these good examples (ICorinthians 11:1 and IPeter 2:21).
III. Conclusion: Romans 13:8-10.
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