Today is Maundy Thursday. The name comes from the Latin mandatum, the first word in the Latin rendering of John 13:34, “A new commandment (mandatum novum) I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” Galatians 5:14 says “For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’”
Have you ever prayed “Lord, please treat me as I treat my neighbour?” Well, the surprising thing is, that you probably have. Every time you pray the Lord’s prayer, this is exactly what you are saying. Give me what I give them. Grant me the same peace I grant others. Let me enjoy the same tolerance I offer. God will treat you the way you treat others.
Love your neighbour as yourself. Among other things this would mean:
1. You cherish for your neighbours the very same love that you bear toward yourself.
2. In your dealings with them, you never show selfishness, irritability, peevishness, or indifference.
3. You take a genuine interest in their welfare and seek to promote their interests, honor, and well-being.
4. You never regard them with a feeling of prideful superiority, nor do you ever talk about their failings.
5. You never resent any wrongs they do to you, but instead are always ready to forgive.
6. You always treat them as you would have them treat you.
7. To paraphrase 1 Corinthians 13:4-5, you are always patient and kind, never envious or boastful, never proud or rude, never self-seeking. You are not easily angered and you keep no record, even in your mind, of wrongs done to you.