“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:36-40 NIV
When I read this passage of scripture, I find myself asking the question, “Who is my neighbor?” I know the people who live in proximity to my house, and my neighbors are easy to love! However, I believe Jesus is giving us a broader scope of who are neighbor might be. My mind jumps to Luke 10 and the parable of The Good Samaritan. Jesus tells a story that, ultimately, answers the age-old question defining our neighbor. Jesus says our neighbor is “the one (in the story) who showed mercy.”
Knowing this prompts me to think about those who have shown mercy to me. Knowing this prompts me to think about who I need to show mercy. The thing about studying God’s word is that it is fresh and new each time we experience a passage. I know it is because the Holy Spirit is working in us constantly teaching us throughout our days. However, I also believe it is because with each passing day, we grow more into the person God has created us to be if we are seeking him.
This week, I pray you will consider who your neighbor might be. In doing so, may the Holy Spirit prompt you to love your neighbor well and seek ways to show expression of your love. I am grateful for the love I receive from the Lord, and I look forward to participating in the exercise of becoming more aware of my neighbor.