I heard a statement from Glen Kaiser the lead singer from Rez Band a Christian rock group. He was commenting on the two greatest commandments. What he said has stuck with me for years. He said that “the way you treat the person you like the least is the way you love God the most.”
It stuck with me because I knew that in principle he was right. We often forget that the people we like the least God loves! When we treat them with contempt we are basically saying “Jesus wasted His life for you.” Harsh? Maybe, but true none the less.
It’s easy to deal with people we like without showing any contempt or animosity because we feel none toward them. The worst sinner in the world can do that. Christians however are called to show everyone kindness and treat them with love and respect.
When we willingly ignore this commandment by treating those we like the least in a mean or thoughtless way we are doing it to Jesus as well. He thought they were valuable enough to die for. Shouldn’t we consider them valuable enough to live for?
Matthew 22: 37 He said to him, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.[e] 38 This is the greatest and most important[f] command. 39 The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.[g] 40 All the Law and the Prophets depend[h] on these two commands.”