I’ve been thinking what God says about loving the neighbors.
I feel that my Lord has His love for us and YOU.
As a Christian, I am commanded to love God and love the people (Mark 12:30-31). Some people may not understand why I am commanded to love God and love others. Anyway, God has a plan for me. I am confided in that I have learned more about loving the neighbors like they are my brothers and sisters. I also have my family who love me more. I love my family as my lovely neighbors, too. I have more reasons why I love my neighbors.
I believe that you may not feel like that you have to love your neighbors because of your uncomfortable feelings. Nobody forces you to love your neighbors, it’s your choice personally. I respect that you have some reasons yourself.
Let’s get to know 7 simple reasons to love neighbors:
1) Showing respect. I know many neighbors have different kind of their cultural backgrounds, my family and I respect them. We do not need to open their cultures to lead an argument.
2) Know each other better. I like to get to know the neighbors. Unfortunately, some neighbors do not want me to get to know about them for some reasons. It’s okay that they do not feel comfortable to chat with me nor my husband. I do not mind at all. Just show my smiles. Knowing your neighbors is an extra sense of security in the neighborhood. If there’s an issue, there’s strength in numbers.
3) Sharing peace between us. Some neighbors harass us uncomfortably, as they try to change who we are. My husband and I do not agree with their culture, but we don’t judge them for it. They may or may not be Christian, but we don’t care, we let them be as any respectful person deserves to live.
4) Encouraging and supporting each other in the friendly neighborhood. We would love to give our support in the neighborhood community. Some neighbors create their own groups such as the mothers with babies group, as they have nothing to worry about becoming more bored in the lonely house.
5) Serving in the neighborhood community. Some neighbors donate something they no longer need. Others serve in the town as volunteers at a local homeless or animal shelter.
6) Willingness and patience. There are those who will go out of their way to help another no matter the cost or circumstance. We need more people like this in the world. We also need to be mindful that people live different lifestyles. Some prefer to stay home, while others are more social and like to go out and party. Partying is all fine and good as long as it’s not harmful and having a negative impact on you or your family. It can give you more people to call.
7) Church congregations. Having a church family that knows and loves you can bless your life in many ways. Jesus said “I am the vine and you are the branches” (John 15:5) meaning being a part of the vine will give us the spiritual nourishment we need to be better connected to God, who gives us the Strength and Power we seek. (Philippians 4:13) We will never be perfect, but we can try to be like Christ in His attitude with having love for others. “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the sons of God” (Matthew 5:9).
So what do you think of this? Share your thoughts in the comment section.