In today’s world, I don’t know if there is anything more pertinent than our reaching out to our neighbors with the love of Christ.
Mark 12:28-31, “One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, ‘Of all the commandments, which is the most important?’
‘The most important one,’ answered Jesus, ‘is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
Sometimes it can be confusing. Who exactly is our neighbor? And is it really possible to love our neighbor as ourself?
Steps to becoming a Good Neighbor:
1. Loving our neighbor means putting our needs aside.
When we love our neighbor as we should, we are showing a selfless act, an admittance that demonstrates divine love in ways nothing else can. Showing love to our neighbor is the best example of Godliness there is. When Jesus came to walk with us here on earth, He came as a servant to all mankind. We, in turn, are to be servants to others, demonstrating a Godly love. Whether or not the person to whom you are showing love accepts it or not, it is still our responsibility and duty as Godly people.
2. Who is our neighbor in God’s eyes?
When Jesus was asked this question, He told the story of the Good Samaritan. Once I heard a story of a Sunday School teacher who asked a group of Third Graders what they would do if they saw a person on the road beaten and bloodied. After some thought, a little girl raised her hand and responded, “I would probably throw-up!” And the Good Samaritan might have felt that way too, but he helped the man anyway. A neighbor is anyone close by to where you are. Regardless of how we feel, God asks us to demonstrate His love to them.
3. Love is the greatest witness of Christ.
Actions not words are our greatest examples. When we can selflessly demonstrate unconditional love and understanding for others, we are answering Christ’s call to us to love. It isn’t easy. We have to care more about the needs of others than our own needs. And it takes practice.
Matthew 5:16, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
1 Peter 2:15, “For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people.”