Today is Day 17 of the "write31days" challenge; and I am linking up with Kate Motaung and the Five Minute Friday group for this year's "free writes".
Check out all of my posts in the "In His Word" 31 Days series here.
The word for today is Neighbor ...
In the book of Matthew, Chapter 22, a gruop of Pharisees are gathered around Jesus ...
"...and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. 'Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?' He said to him, 'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets." (vs. 35 - 40)
Galatians also makes it clear that we are to "love your neighbor as yourself!"
But, who is our neighbor? Do we even know who we are to love ... as yourself?!
Jesus ministered to "the least of these". He ministered to those that needed His help!
Look around you...
Are your neighbors exactly like you? Do they act or believe like you do?
It's quite certain their needs and concerns are much different as well.
And, yes, they also love differently!
Our neighbors aren't just the ones across the street or across the hall from us. They aren't just the ones in the same city or town; or even the same state.
A neighbor can be one in a different country...
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So, take another look around you...
Who is it that needs you in some way? Perhaps it's a group of children and adults in Haiti who recently lost everything during Hurricane Matthew.
Or, those who are struggling because a loved one is ill, or fighting for our country overseas; or has just passed, leaving them with small children or a pile of bills.
That is the neighbor you should "love as yourself".
While you may not be able to help ease all of a person's pain or needs, you can "be a neighbor" in whatever ways you can.