Day 6: Love Everyone as Your Neighbor
GUEST BLOG: Micki Barreto ~ Worship Arts Pastor
READING: pages 65 – 71
Love everyone as my neighbor? Everyone? Wow… that’s a tough one.
Most of us can wrap our heads around loving God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. He is God, after all; our Creator and the One who gives us life, but Jesus didn’t stop there. He took it one step further: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
It’s easy to love the proverbial neighbor who lends me a cup of sugar (does that even happen anymore?), along with my family, friends, and (most of) my co-workers, but when Jesus answers the question “Who is my neighbor?” with the story of the good Samaritan, I find that loving my neighbor is not always easy. I love how Holladay explains the risk that the Samaritan took in helping the injured man on the side of the road. I imagined myself driving through Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn late at night and seeing an injured person on the sidewalk. Would I get out of my car to help them? Honestly, probably not. I would call 911 and be on my way. You just never know these days… but that’s the risk the Samaritan was willing to take.
“It’s always a risk to love“, Holladay writes. “First century or twenty-first century, it’s a risk to love.” The risk is not usually physical, like in this example, but emotional risk paralyzes many people into refusing to love others. “God wants us to depend on him for the power to love”. The more we love and trust God, the more we’ll be able to love everyone as our neighbor, despite the risks involved.
What risks have kept you from loving others? Who do you find is most difficult to love?
VERSE: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:27)