We must have real love for our real neighbors, right now!
Often we refer to our fellow Christians and those who are less fortunate than us as our “neighbor.” We sometimes forget the people who are placed in our lives and who live in our actual neighborhood. When is the last time you just stopped by to say “hi” to the person living on your street, baked them a cake, or sent them a note?
God calls us to be stewards of those He places in our lives. Have you ever thought about this when your co-worker in the cubical next to you drives you crazy? You are where you are for a purpose. How bright is your light to the family living across from you? How are you demonstrating God’s love to rambunctious teenagers in your community? When we limit who our neighbor is, we limit God’s love.
Primary Scriptures: Luke 10:25-37, Philippians 2:1-8
- Read Luke 10:25-37. From this passage what can we determine are God’s greatest commandments?
- Who does Jesus say our neighbor is?
- How does Jesus say we are to act as Christians? Can you think of situations today where you are tempted to pass by on the other side of the road?
- Read Philippians 2:1-8. Jesus was a good neighbor, and in this passage Paul encourages the Philippians to be like Christ. Who in your life have you seen demonstrate these behaviors?
- Have you ever seen someone who is far from God respond to this type of love from a Christian? How did God use someone else as His vessel?
Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read Philippians 2:1-8 and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore the passage.