The Gospel: changing hearts through your neighbor

So my last post was The gospel :changing hearts and changing lives. I’m still processing, but I’ve decided to continue sharing my thoughts. Last time we talked about different types of relationships. Family, marriage and neighbor. Marriage and Family is easy enough to understand but neighbor? Who is our neighbor? In the gospels a religious leader came up to Jesus and asked him what the greatest commandment was. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and the second like it Love your neighbor as yourself” that begs the question who is my neighbor?  “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ 36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” 37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” Luke 10:30-36

The Samaritan did what nobody else had taken the initiative to do. To give without expecting something back. To love without expecting to be loved back. So if thats a neighbor, and family are those related to you and marriage is between man and wife where does the dating relationship come into play? Well to be honest it’s not a biblical relationship. It says to love each other younger men/women as brothers and sisters, older men/women as mother/fathers treating them with respect and with purity as a sister. (1 timothy 5) The fact that all I have to do is love my neighbor and not worry about if so and so likes me or how to make it come across that I like him….just love him like a brother… has totally rocked my world. I love that it takes all pressure to find “the one” off of me and onto God. God already knows who is right for me so why worry about what I can’t control? Just love everyone as Christ would love them and then everything else will fall into place. Wow that went in a totally different direction than i had originally planned. Until next time

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