How Much Do We Love Our Neighbor?
God is waiting to show you the way.
Even though, the Biblical concept of neighbor is worldwide and not just locally, a better question to start with, would be, do you know your neighbor? In today’s high tech, fast paced world, we just don’t seem to make the time to see our neighbors, much less get to know them. If your are reading this blog, I am sure that this is not news to you. We have been commanded to “love our neighbors”. How do we do that?
Let’s consider this fact: If you are a Christian, you have a free gift that your neighbor needs. If you love your neighbor, why don’t you talk to them and offer them that gift. After all, as an anonymous person once said: “The Gospel has come to you because it is on its way to someone else.” Since that is true, we need to keep it going until it circles the globe. This thought is also given to us in the Bible when Paul says to Timothy:
2 Timothy 4:1-3–The Voice (VOICE)
4 And now I bring you this charge before God and Jesus the Anointed, the one destined to judge the living and the dead, at His glorious appearance and His kingdom: 2 go out and preach the word! Go whether it’s an opportune time or not! Reprove, warn, and encourage; but do so with all the patience and instruction needed to fulfill your calling 3 because a time will come when some will no longer tolerate sound teaching. Instead, they will live by their own desires; they’ll scratch their itching ears by surrounding themselves with teachers who approve of their lifestyles and tell them what they want to hear.
Since it is free to you and to them, this should be an easy task. The reason it is sometimes so awkward is that our neighbors don’t know that we care about them. And as it has been said, many times, “They don’t care what you know, until they know that you care.” So, let them know you care and share a free gift with them. The Good News of Jesus Christ and His love for them. And, as Paul told Timothy: “go, whether, it is an opportune time or not”. In simpler terms, make time to care and the returns on your time will be worth much more than the anything else you could have done.
Published for Aug 26th