Love Your Neighbor
Moses, an early leader of the nation of Israel, told his people about the document known as the Ten Commandments. They are wise guidelines for living. But when Jesus came to earth, He simplified the list. He started with the command (Mark 12:30) to love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. Then, He said, love others as much as yourself.
Do those two things and you will live the way God intended. Almost sounds too simple, doesn’t it? Yet when you love your neighbor—meaning anyone you come in contact with—you will find a secret to peace and contentment.
Granted, not everyone will live this way. World conflict isn’t likely to end tomorrow. You will still have to lock your doors. Children will still go hungry. However, remember the power of role modeling. When you smile and say something optimistic to another person, that individual will have a better day. He or she may pass on the favor, too.
What would happen if you started loving your neighbors? Helped an elderly homeowner by mowing the grass? Complimented a co-worker on his or her project proposal? Told two close friends how much they mean to your life?
One reason for the unhappiness, discontentment, and strife in the world is too few people following Jesus’ good advice. Now, changing the world and its seven billion people is an impossible task. But changing your corner of the world isn’t. You can create a better world and leave a better impression by loving your neighbor. When you leave GodSpeaks, you can post a message of hope somewhere else instead of feeding the often-negative online chorus.
So, what have you got to lose? Put aside your concerns for a minute. Think of someone you can help. It may be nothing more than offering a kind word. Or something as profound as volunteering to help build a home for a needy person. There is no limit to ways you can love your neighbor.
A Challenge For You…
Think about your childhood. Who represented a shining example of love to you? Name two ways this person demonstrated caring for others. How did that impact your life? What is a way that you can do the same for someone else? Tell another person how you plan to follow through and do that.
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