The Samaritan Way: Week 1
We began our series on “neighboring” today by looking at the biblical foundation for why we need to love our neighbors. When Jesus is asked which is the greatest commandment, He summarizes the entirety of the 613 Old Testament commands this way: “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.” (Mark 12:29-31)
If we are to love God with everything we have, He is sure to fill us to with a greater capacity to love our neighbors and from that ‘overflow’ we can love them with His love. As we consider the foundations for being good neighbors, it starts with our realization that we are incapable of truly loving them well without that love being based in our love for Jesus. So, how are you doing on loving Jesus? How about loving your neighbors? Over the next few weeks we’ll continue to unpack the concept of neighboring with some practical tips and ways to apply it to your life. You can access those resources as well as some practical ‘training’ over on our series website.
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