Kingdom Corner: Loving Your Neighbor
We, as Christians, are expected to love our neighbor, but what does that mean? Does God explain it somewhere in the Bible so we can follow it? You bet! Let’s discuss it.
Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. 1 Peter 3:8. NIV.
God shows that we are to love everyone, and “neighbor” is just a term used to indicate that. Back in Jesus’ time, hospitality was a big deal, so taking Jesus’ words “Love your neighbor as yourself” from Mark 12:31 taken in ancient context still means the same thing. The neighbor in Jesus’ time was often a stranger needing room and board on their travels. Citizens were considered compassionate if they allowed others into their home to have dinner, perhaps even wash their feet. Imagine doing that today! In our current era, the neighbor can be our actual next door neighbor or the strangers we meet in public. Neighbors can also be considered those we work with.
How to Love Thy Neighbor
What can you do to fully live up to the Christian requirement to love your neighbor? One of the things you can do is get to know your neighbors. Bake them cookies. Offer your coworkers a homemade dessert treat. Feeding people goes hand-in-hand with caring. Another way you can display your love to a neighbor is to give your old clothes to charity. Chat with the little old lady who is probably lonely down your block. There are so many small ways to love your neighbor. The biggest way is to be loving toward others is to treat them with respect, sincerity, and understanding. Christians everywhere will one day be a big family. Until then, God requires us to practice loving others here before we all meet in the glorious House of the Lord.