Who is your neighbor? I have some great ones that live next door to me, and down the street. I live on a short street, so it’s easy to get to know everyone.
One of my very best friends lives across the street, so we get to sit on her deck in the mornings and have coffee, enjoy fellowship, watch the sunrise, and spend time in the word. Wait, I think that was a Lifetime Movie; we both have jobs and have to get up and go to work at the crack of dawn. She’s still my great friend and neighbor though, and we occasionally get to spend time together.
Neighbors help each other. Help out with things around the house, pick up each others kids, bring goodies around the holidays. They’ll feed and water your pets and plants when you’re gone. A true neighbor will be there for you when you need them.
Who is your neighbor? The bible describes your neighbor as “anyone in need”, (Luke 10:29-37) not just the person or persons that live next door, or just down the street. That means the lady in the grocery store that cuts in line, or the guy that lives close and walks to the church sometimes that might not smell the prettiest. It means that insurance guy that keeps giving you the run-around. That co-worker that gets under your skin. Even the people that disagree with you are your neighbors.
Jesus said this about your neighbor, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27
I wrote this one a while back and never published it. It wasn’t the right time. Now is the time.
I hurt someone’s feelings today, and she just happens to be my neighbor as well. It was all about a dog, his poop, and boundaries, and all that silly stuff. Things that aren’t important. We missed the BIG picture. We’re still friends and I apologized; she’s going to keep waving when we pass each other on the street, and she’ll smile when she does. I will too, and hopefully, I will be a better neighbor, and she will see Christ in me.We can be a light for others, or we can be a closed window where no light comes through. I want my light to shine bright like a diamond. (Thanks Rihanna) If people don’t see the love of Christ in me, I am but a clanging cymbal. (I Corinthians 13:1)
Love Thy Neighbor.