“Love Thy Neighbor”
“The foremost is, ‘Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is one Lord; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ “The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” (NAS, Mark 12:28-31)
As I read this verse, I stand amazed at how important it is to our God to love our neighbors. It is actually second to loving Him! We get so caught up in our own lives, our routines, and our own needs, that many times we miss opportunities to serve God by serving others.
|My Daughter helping a neighbor..so sweet.|
|Comfy in the Kitchen Delivers!|
I may have mentioned *laugh* that my favorite way to serve others is by preparing meals for them. I live in a very friendly neighborhood and can honestly say that I love my neighbors! I have been known to show up with meals, soup, sauce, dessert, etc..on many doorsteps in my neighborhood. In turn, my neighbors serve me in so many other different ways. My next door neighbor always has a spare egg, cup of sugar, or the exact cookie cutter I need. My neighbor across the street leads our women’s bible study and takes the most beautiful family photos, another neighbor across the street prays for me, and my neighbor behind my home co-leads bible studies with me in the Summer… We all take turns letting God work through us…it truly is an amazing thing when you obey “Love thy Neighbor” ….listening to God really does bless us beyond measure.
|My daughter insisted on bringing flowers to her teacher|
I would like to encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and share the gifts God has given you to show love to your neighbor…it could be a person at your gym, church, grocery clerk, or actual neighbor. One of my close friends told me that God placed a strong urge to cook a meal for a family who’s home she would pass on her way to work. She obeyed what God was telling her to do…the next day she very nervously knocked on the door with dinner in hand. When the woman answered she said “Hi, I am one of your neighbors, I just wanted to share God’s love with you today, I hope you will accept this meal I made for you.” It was very warmly and generously accepted. After she left, a wave of relief and comfort came upon her. Speaking from my own experience, I feel closest to the Lord when I am serving others on His behalf.
|My hubby and me serving at the church|
|My son and daughter helping me cook for the church.|
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (NIV, John 13:34-35)
Much Love to you! ~Janelle
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