Love Your Neighbor As Yourself
Eight times in the Bible we are told to love our neighbor -- one of the Bible's most repeated commands.
Loving your neighbor is the opposite of selfishness -- the common human practice. Acting in divine love demonstrates that unselfishness is possible for a human -- showing a reality that cannot be ignored or denied.
Whether they appreciate you, or respond to your love, Jesus's command is still valid: You must show love to your neighbor in a practical way.
Who Is A Neighbor?
When Jesus was asked by someone who his neighbor was (Luke 10:29), Jesus responded by telling the story of the good Samaritan -- who helped a stranger in need by the roadside. Then, in verse 37, Jesus told the man to go and do like the good Samaritan.
A neighbor is someone who is near-by wherever you are.
Good Deeds Are A Witness
Us loving our neighbors is part of God's plan to evangelize them. Our love demonstrates what God and His kingdom are like.
MATTHEW 5:16 NKJ
16 "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
1 PETER 3:1 TEV
1 . . . if any of them do not believe God's word, your conduct will win them over to believe. . . .
1 PETER 2:12 TEV
12 Your conduct among the heathen should be so good that . . . they will have to recognize your good deeds and so praise God . . . .
1 PETER 2:15 TEV
15 For God wants you to silence the ignorant talk of foolish people by the good things you do.
1 TIMOTHY 6:18 CEV
18 Instruct them to do as many good deeds as they can and to help everyone. Remind the rich to be generous and share what they have.
1 JOHN 3:14 TEV
14 We know that we have left death and come over into life; we know it because we love others. Those who do not love are still under the power of death.
1 JOHN 3:18 TEV
18 My children, our love should not be just words and talk; it must be true love, which shows itself in action.
1 JOHN 4:7 TEV
7 Dear friends, let us love one another, because love comes from God. Whoever loves is a child of God and knows God.
God loves your neighbor enough to die for them. You are God's ambassador, representing God to your neighbor, for the purpose of demonstrating His love.
What are you doing to show God's love to your neighbor? Love without actions is dead.
First Thing Is Prayer
If you really love your neighbor, the first thing you will do is pray for them. As a human you are limited in how you can help your neighbor, but God is unlimited in how He can help. The greatest thing you can do for your neighbor is seriously pray for them.
God can do more for your neighbor in one minute than you could in a lifetime. But God does not force His blessing on anyone without an invitation.
Through our requests in prayer, God is given further authority to work in our neighbor's lives. We have a certain amount of authority in prayer concerning our neighbors, because what they do can affect us.
Eight Times In Bible
LEVITICUS 19:18 NKJ
18 `You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.
MATTHEW 19:19 NKJ
19 `Honor your father and your mother,' and, `You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' "
MATTHEW 22:39 NKJ
39 "And the second is like it: `You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'
MARK 12:31 NKJ
31 "And the second, like it, is this: `You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these."
LUKE 10:27 NKJ
27 So he answered and said, " `You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,' and `your neighbor as yourself.' "
ROMANS 13:9 NKJ
9 For the commandments, "You shall not commit adultery," "You shall not murder," "You shall not steal," "You shall not bear false witness," "You shall not covet," and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
GALATIANS 5:14 NKJ
14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
JAMES 2:8 NKJ
8 If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself," you do well;
Be A Good Neighbor
As God's representative He wants you to treat those around you with unselfish love.
PHILIPPIANS 2:4 NKJ
4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
MATTHEW 7:12 NKJ
12 "Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
ROMANS 13:10 NKJ
10 Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
ROMANS 15:2 NKJ
2 Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to edification.
HEBREWS 13:1-2 NKJ
1 Let brotherly love continue.
2 Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.
Jesus Will Reward You
EPHESIANS 6:8 NKJ
8 knowing that whatever good anyone does, he will receive the same from the Lord . . . .
MATTHEW 25:37,40 NKJ
37 ". . .`Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink?
40 "And the King will answer and say to them, `Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.'
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