For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”Galatians 5:14
Charles Spurgeon (1835-1892) lived, pastored, and wrote in the 17th century but his words speak to us still today, because they are founded on the timeless truths of God’s Word! I’ve added the phrase (no matter his color) in hopes that in some small way it may help someone who needs to hear it in these times of confusion. God’s Words hold the key to every problem, comfort for every heartache, strength for every trial, and peace for every surrendered heart.
“Love your neighbor (no matter his color).” Perhaps he rolls in riches, and you are poor, and living in your little cottage side-by-side with his lordly mansion; you see every day his estates, his fine linen, and his sumptuous banquets; God has given him these gifts, covet not his wealth, and think no hard thoughts concerning him (no matter his color). Be content with your own lot, if you can not better it, but do not look upon your neighbor (no matter his color), and wish that he were as yourself. Love him (no matter his color), and then you will not envy him.
Perhaps, on the other hand, you are rich, and near you reside the poor. Do not scorn to call them neighbor (no matter his color). Own that you are bound to love them (no matter his color). The world calls them your inferiors. In what are they inferior? They (no matter their color) are far more your equals than your inferiors, for “God hath made of one blood all people that dwell upon the face of the earth (no matter their color).” It is your coat which is better than theirs, but you are by no means better than they. They are men (no matter their color), and what are you more than that (no matter your color)? Take heed that you love your neighbor (no matter his color) even though he be in rags, or sunken in the depths of poverty.
But, perhaps, you say, “I cannot love my neighbors, because for all I do they return ingratitude and contempt.” So much the more room for the heroism of love. Would you be a feather-bed warrior, instead of bearing the rough fight of love? He who dares the most, shall win the most; and if rough be your path of love, tread it boldly, still loving your neighbors (no matter their color) through thick and thin. Heap coals of fire on their heads, and if they be hard to please, seek not to please them, but to please your Master; and remember if they spurn your love, your Master has not spurned it, and your deed is as acceptable to him as if it had been acceptable to them. Love your neighbor (no matter his color), for in so doing you are following the footsteps of Christ.