Did you get any valentines last week?
Why do we need a “Hallmark holiday” to remind us to love those around us?
Because sometimes it’s hard to love.
I’m not talking about your loving your family and your friends. I’m talking about loving those who are different, or difficult, or down-right irritating!
But Jesus told us to love our neighbor as we love ourselves (Matthew 22:37-39).
Doing good, loving our neighbor — the stranger, the person who pushes our boundaries — it’s easier said than done.
Last week we talked about ways to love God. By loving God we are keeping the first four of the Ten Commandments. By loving our neighbor we are following the last six.
|Love God||Love Others|
|1. Do not worship any god except me.||5. Respect your father and mother.|
|2. Do not make statues of gods (idols).||6. Do not murder.|
|3. Do not misuse my name.||7. Do not commit adultery.|
|4. Remember the Sabbath day.||8. Do not steal.|
|9. Do not tell lies about others.|
|10. Do not long for what belongs to
How do we talk to our family about loving our neighbor?
Start close to home…
- Identify who your neighbors are. Do you know the names of the people who live around you?
- Discuss why you live where you do. Did the “neighborhood” have anything to do with where you live?
- What are some activities you enjoy doing? How might these activities help you to be more neighborly to those in your neighborhood?
Move out a bit…
Move out further…
How is your life a testimony to your love of God and neighbor?
A valentine from 1910 by Royce Bair via Stock Solution Photo Agency. Shared under a Creative Commons License.
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