Love your neighbors… all of them!
Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. – Hebrews 10:24 (NLT)
Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “We must learn to live together like brothers or we will perish together like fools.” How do you accomplish this in a word that seems so divisive?
Here are 3 ways:
1. Love your neighbors… all of them! Sure that’s tough, because your tendency is to love only those who think like you, and act like you. People who are comfortable and easy to be with. But I want you to love them all.
2. Look for excuses to do good. Want to make the world a better place? The next time you have the opportunity, to something kind or good, do it! Give what you can, help when you can, smile often, and say kind words.
3. Encourage others to do them same. It can seem lonely, in a world that pits us vs. them, to treat everyone like brothers. This is one of the reasons I created a body called the church. It’s a place where you can find motivation and encouragement. A place where you can motivate and encourage too.
Some people find this so hard to do. Surly I can’t mean they should love everyone. “Republicans are so greedy…”, “Democrats are so foolish…”, “Immigrants don’t deserve it…”, “Homeless people are just lazy bums…,” I’ve heard all the excuse before.
I made people different for a reason… just as I made more than one kind of flower, more than one kind of fruit, more than one kind of animal. You will greatly limit your understanding and personal growth if you distance yourself from other people simply because of their political affiliation, their income bracket, collage education, their nationality, immigrant status or anything else.
I celebrate the uniqueness and beauty of all my children. When you open your heart to my love, I will help you see your neighbors as I see them. I will also help you open your heart, and then you’ll be able to love them. Just ask.
Catalyst for Spiritual Growth:
1 — Read Complaining Never Wins the Culture.
2 — This week memorize John 15:17 (NLT) “This is my command: Love each other.”
3 — Go to church this week. If you don’t have a church to attend find one here. If you regularly go to a church consider joining a small group or Bible study at your church for more encouragement.