LGD 017: Love Your Neighbor

Man with a hat that reads "love your neighbor"

Who is your neighbor? Is it your physical neighbor, your family, your friends, your colleagues, or is it your frenemy?

Man with a hat that reads "love your neighbor"

Jesus would say it’s all of the above.

“…are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Romans 13:9b

Loving your neighbor can be difficult especially if there is divide between people. Jesus did not suggest we love our neighbor, he commanded it.

Ouch.

Our society does not like when we demand or command others. The military has a command structure that you follow with an abundance of protocols.

I often find it hard to “love my neighbor”, especially when I feel wronged or treated with disrespect. I can also see the flip side of the coin. Unfortunately, misunderstandings occur on a daily basis and how we handle them reveals a great deal about us.

I am reminded of the parable of the Good Samaritan. Several religious leaders walked past a hurting Jewish man on the side of road for various reasons.

Then, a Samaritan man, passed by the same spot. Instead of walking past the man, he loaded him up on his donkey and took him to a nearby town, and paid for his stay.

How many times have I walked by a hurting person, and did not stop?

If I am honest with myself, it is too numerous to count. This passage is meant to encourage us, and to spur us on to love and good deeds.

Today, as you go about your day, look for ways you can love your neighbor. You will know how to help them that will be perfect for that exact moment.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the reminder to love my neighbor. I often get wrapped up in what I am doing that I forget to walk next door or across the street. Show me today how I can love my neighbor. Amen!

I am the host of an ABF Lifegroup - a collection of folks doing community and life together. We are a ministry of Agoura Bible Fellowship. When I am not leading this group, I love to travel, take photographs, share stories, and design workspaces that matter.

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