real Christians love their neighbours

So often in today’s society, neighbours, even living right next door or in the same complex, don’t know each other. I find that sad and perplexing. We were made for community and yet we don’t find it in the community that is closest to us. It is our duty and obligation to get to know those who are in close proximity in our lives whether that is at home, work, or establishments we frequent often as restaurants, stores, barber shoppes, etc. It is then that we can begin to build a relationship of trust. Once this takes place, when trials come in others’ lives, we can be there for them.

In meantime, you can help bring groceries in for someone elderly or who has a broken limb or better yet, go get the shopping done for them.

How about giving new parents the night off for a date while you care for their little ones?

Visit those recovering from surgery or who no longer can go out.

On warm days when others are outside, don’t just wave or walk by; stop and say hi! That might just be the start of something special.

Know your neighbours well enough to know their dislikes and likes and act on what you know.

What other ideas do you have ?

The bottom line is this: real Christians love their neighbours. We can’t love if we don’t know them intimately. I challenge you to make more of an effort to do so. Get creative and invite them for dinner or start your own NBC.

(See this blog post to know what that means: )

And here is some characteristics of a good neighbour straight from God’s instruction book to us. We should apply them daily:

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.” Philippians 2.3

“…be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble” Mark 12.31b

encourage one another and build each other up” I Thessalonians 5.11

carry each other’s burdens” Galatians 6.2

Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers…” Hebrews 13.1

And the key is this:

Love your neighbor as yourself.” Galatians 5.14

Yes, real Christians love their neighbours. When we do, others will see us…

For more tips on being a good neighbour, check out these previous posts:

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be a samaritan*

As the story goes, a traveller is robbed and left half dead beaten up on the side of the road. First, a priest comes by and then a Levite. They both avoid helping the poor soul. Yet, a Samaritan stops and takes care of him. This is unheard of culturally. It is preposterous. How could Jesus expect the hated rival to help as Jews and samaritans despised one another with a vengeance.

Jesus told this parable in response to the question: “Who is my neighbour?” And the obvious answer is the man who gave of his time, money, and showed mercy. Wouldn’t you want to be known as a Good Samaritan?

This concept can be seen all over the world in all art forms including sculptures, paintings, films, and photographs. Many businesses as hospitals and charitable organizations are named after the Good Samaritan.

How about you? Again I ask are you looked upon as a Good Samaritan?

A Good Samaritan is willing to help a stranger. I would even go beyond that by saying a Good Samaritan is willing to stick up for justice and oppose racial discrimination, ethnic cleansing, any form of slavery or prejudice.

Yes, we are to be our neighbours’ keepers. It may just take one of us to keep the peace and stand up for what is right. Be willing to be a difference maker.

Be a Good Samaritan so you can…

to a sin-sick world needing Christians to be merciful.

*According to the Dictionary of Classical, Biblical, & Literary Allusions the term “good Samaritan” is used as a common metaphor: “The word now applies to any charitable person, especially one who, like the man in the parable, rescues or helps out a needy stranger.”

Be a Good Samaritan and help out or rescue those who need it that God has put directly in your path. That way you will..

If you are unfamiliar with the gospel account of the parable of the Good Samaritan told by Jesus, stop now and take a read in Luke 10.25-37.

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