Who Are My Neighbors?
“And behold, a lawyer stood up and put Him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 And He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How does it read to you?” 27 And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” 28 And He said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this and you will live.” 29 But wanting to justify himself, he said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Luke 10:25-29 NASB
How we answer the question Who Are Our neighbors? makes a difference in what we are willing to do for others. More than seeking our neighbor we should seek to be neighborly.
More than anything else the Bible requires Christians to love their neighbors., our brothers, and even our enemies. But what we must understand that God is not requiring us to feel a particular way about someone. Every Christian knows that Love is not a feeling, But if not a feeling then what is love?
Love is an action!
Dr Tony Evans defines love as anything you do which benefits another with no advantage to oneself. Consider the story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) That being so, it logically reasons that hate is anything you do that hurts others (for our benefit) Additionally, hate is likewise anything you fail to do for others, for our own benefit.
James 4:17 says sin is knowing what is right and not doing it!
Jesus sums up the complexity of the 10 commandments and all of the 613 precepts in two simple commandments.
“You shall l love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and you shall love your neighbor as yourself.”