This post is a sequel to what I wrote almost a year ago: Loving your Neighbor…1. To sum it up, you need to first love yourself (in the light of God’s word) in order to love your Neighbor (appropriately). Remember that Love is patient, kind, truthful, humble, hopeful and forgiving. When we apply these to ourselves, it’s easier to extend to our neighbors. Therefore,
-be PATIENT with yourself, you are still a Work-In-Progress..
-be KIND to yourself, you’re Valuable in God’s eyes..
-be TRUTHFUL to yourself, change what is not right..
-be HUMBLE in your thoughts, the way UP is DOWN..
-be HOPEFUL about your future, there’s a light at the tunnel’s end..
-be FORGIVING towards yourself, God has already forgiven you..
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Here’s the NEXT PART>>>
There are several practical ways to show love to one’s neighbor. But here is a summary based on the story of The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-35). In order to love effectively, we have to learn to SEE, SERVE, and SHARE with others.
- SEE: But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he SAW him, he had compassion on him. (Verse 33). The first step, is to see a need that is to be met. A compassionate heart is then inclined to help. It’s important that we ask God to open our eyes to see the sincere needs of those around us.
- SERVE: And WENT to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. (Verse 34). The next step, is to meet the need. It is true that there are several needs in our world today, but when we trust God for direction, he’ll lead us to meet specific needs in specific people. Service requires humility and selflessness. And the more we serve, the more we acquire both.
- SHARE: And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and GAVE them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. (Verse 35). The final step, is to sow a seed. Depending on the scenario, Sharing may precede or accompany Serving. Sharing in this context means Giving or Spending. Giving to others is the climax of showing Love. “You can give without loving, but you can’t love without giving”. (Amy Carmichael). There are several resources at your disposal to meet the needs around you: Time, Money, Experience, Intellect, Skill and perhaps the most effective is Intercession. Whenever you see a need that appears too overwhelming for you to meet there and then, simply sow a word of prayer. God can inspire a more equipped vessel to meet that need in due time. To every need, there is a means.
Who then is my Neighbor, you may ask…from your loving family, to your amazing circle of friends, to your smiling next-door-neighbor, to the homeless at the street-corner, to that unfriendly colleague, to your snobbish boss and to the Vendor-in-the Market….the list is endless, you’re commanded to love them all. How? by seeing (the need), serving (or meeting the need) and sowing (to the need). Love is more than the thought, love is both a decision and an action.
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Thank you for reading!
God bless you.