Posts Tagged ‘ Neighbor ’

VerseD: James 1:27

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
James 1:27, ESV

Religion is not inherently bad.
Neglecting loving our neighbors, especially the least of these, is.
One simple rule in two parts: Love God by loving others.

VerseD: Romans 13:10

Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
Romans 13:10, ESV

“Does no wrong” does not mean “never causes pain in any way.” Doing no wrong means seeking to do the best for others.
Because Christ first loved us.

VerseD: Matthew 22:37-39

And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
Matthew 22:37‭-‬39, ESV

Love God.
Love people.
The best way to do both is to fulfill the Great Commission: make disciples who love God.

VerseD: Exodus 20:16

“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.”
Exodus 20:16, ESV

False witness – lying – is devaluing the person you lie to or about, and it blaspheme their maker, in whose image we are all made.

VerseD: Proverbs 15:1

A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Proverbs 15:1, ESV

How many fights come from misunderstanding and reacting?
This is why many legal codes state “presumed innocent.” Seek answers, gently approach, calmly discuss and rebuke (if necessary. Maybe you were the one to misunderstand.)

VerseD: 1 Corinthians 13:6

it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.
1 Corinthians 13:6, ESV

Lies. Abuse. Theft. Adultery. Dishonor. Idolatry. Envy. Lust.
All of these distort God’s truth.
But love can see past all of these and love the one made in God’s image.

VerseD: Deuteronomy 6:5

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.
Deuteronomy 6:5, ESV

God helps us control our thoughts and emotions as we learn to walk like the Son and love on others.

VerseD: Galatians 5:14

For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Galatians 5:14, ESV

Loving others includes helping in times of need; sacrificing time, money, energy, and comfort; leading from sin to repentance and Christ; and merely being present and attentive.

VerseD: Matthew 6:3

But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing
Matthew 6:3, ESV

We help others for love’s sake, to glorify God, not to get attention or rewarded.

Love God by loving others.

VerseD: Romans 13:10

Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
Romans 13:10, ESV

We can love others without accepting their sin.

We can tell the truth without judgementalism and accusation.

Love people. Speak the truth, but let God handle how it is received.