LOVING YOUR NEIGHBOR

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While trying to decide on a “Friday post”, my mind was captured by the thought of loving your neighbor. As I’ve mentioned previously, I have a lovely new neighbor right next door that get’s me! My husband would tell you “that’s a hard thing to do!” LOL! Yet, just a stones through away is someone who is generous beyond words, thoughtful, a great cook, and speaks my language. She is “easy” to love.

The Others

Let me also say that I have some other terrific neighbors that don’t live quite as close in my neighborhood. The difference there is proximity. There are also “neighbors” that live a few doors down that I have never met. If I passed them in the grocery store, I wouldn’t know who they were.

The point I am trying to make is that the word neighbor includes a lot of people. Actually, as a Christian, it includes everyone. We are all “neighbors” in this world. Here’s the thing, loving your neighbor isn’t rooted in a feeling about someone. It’s roots go much deeper into how we treat everyone!

Greater Words

I have been reading C.S. Lewis book Mere Christianity (Copyright 1952, C.S. Lewis Pte. Ltd.). The chapter I just completed is about charity. In this chapter Lewis talks about charity not being tied to feelings. Basically, you don’t have to like someone to be charitable.

To quote Lewis, “The rule for all of us is perfectly simple. Do not waste time bothering whether you ‘love’ your neighbour; act as if you did.” He goes on to say “Good and evil both increase at compound interest. That is why the little decisions you and I make every day are of such infinite importance.”

If I am honest, my neighbor next door is easy to love but loving all the “others” is often quite hard!

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Final Thoughts

In my community, just like many others all over the United States, there has been a dramatic increase in murder and violent crimes. I cannot help but think that what is missing is “loving your neighbor”.

Some may think this idea too simple. However, it is very hard to harm that which you “love”. My hope is that in terms of “loving your neighbor”, we all simply “act as if we do”!

5 thoughts on “LOVING YOUR NEIGHBOR

  1. I love this Leigh! My Hubby and I have been having a lot of conversations about loving our ‘neighbors’ in the world around us. There’s so much violence, so much vitriol, and selfish behaviors everywhere we look that I often bemoan the fact I’m having a harder time FEELING love for my neighbors. As you said, though, it’s not about a feeling; it’s about actions. I always try to keep that front of mind when I’m dealing with people – it helps me to treat them kindly even if they make it difficult. Thanks for a great reminder!

    1. Thanks for your comments Terri! Your hit the nail on the head. It’s so easy to reserve our kindness only for those we like. Seems I’m working on it every day! Have a great weekend and Best Wishes! Leigh

    1. Hot Goddess you are absolutely correct. I am ever the optimist that we all can come to the place of seeing we have more in common than not. Always appreciate your wisdom! Have a great weekend and Best Wishes! Leigh

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