Holiday Health - Love Your Neighbor

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Love Your Neighbor

God loves us so much the Christmas season is a yearly reminder that He sent his Son with a message of love. 

Loving your neighbor seems like a simple task but is often muddled by modern ways of society.  Jesus, when answering the question of which is the greatest commandment, he said, “And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself (Matt. 22: 39, ESV).” 

Now more than ever during the global pandemic we are to honor Jesus’s command. Community building begins by upholding Jesus’ word to love your neighbor. 

So, how do we do this?  By remembering God first loved us and from this love, we become inspired to love those around us. Here are a few scriptures to get you started, and some challenges to help you along.

John 13:34 - Think of a time when the love of Jesus was really apparent to you. If you can, replicate that action for someone else.

1 John 4:19-21 - We sometimes hold grudges, even though God's word says not to. If you're holding a grudge today, make a committed effort to forgive and love the person you are holding the grudge against.

Philippians 2:3-4 - Take an opportunity to put someone's needs before you own today.

Matthew 5:43-48 - Has someone been getting on your last nerve? Maybe they've been absolutely awful to you? Take them to God in prayer and ask Jesus to help you find a way to bless them.

Romans 12:10 - Start a friendly rivalry with someone. Go out of your way to express kindness and love to them.

Romans 13:8 - Does someone owe you something, but has yet to repay it? Call them and tell them you have forgiven their debt to you. You might be surprised at their response. If they insist on repaying it, tell them to pay it forward to someone who truly needs it.

Ephesians 5:25 - We often hear a lot about submissive wives from this chapter of Ephesians, but this one is specifically for the husbands out there. Find a way to give your self for your wife. If it's not already a purposeful daily habit, consider making it one.

Curt Meiss, LCPC

Counseling Director, Barnabas Center
Peoria Rescue Ministries

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