Who is my neighbor? – Arkansas News

Who is my neighbor? – Arkansas News

Who is my neighbor?

By Clayton Adams Jesus said; “Thou shalt love the Lord your God with all thy heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment.

And the second is like unto it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

(Matthew 22:37-39) The debate through the years has been “Who's my neighbor?” Who's your neighbor is not the focus of Jesus' command. The focus is to “love.” Love Christ, love our neighbor and love yourself.

Love is perhaps the least understood of all the human will and needs.

Love is described in 1 Corinthians 13 and is demonstrated in so many ways all throughout the Bible.

Loving God is a matter of choice. Some folks find it difficult to love God because they blame Him for the terrible things in life. Some folks don't love God because they have a misunderstanding of who He is. For example, if our earthly father was absent in our lives, or one has a father who was angry, unforgiving, uncaring and neglectful these characteristics and experiences are easily transferred to our understanding of who God is. But God does not have any of those qualities or characteristics. God gets blamed for much He hasn't done.

Loving others? This is possible when Christ changes our heart, our attitudes and motivations. If I want God's forgiveness I must forgive others as Jesus said in Matthew 6:15.

Everything in our culture works against accepting others. The government makes us identify ourselves by different standards. For instance, on government forms we must choose what color or “race” but in reality there is only one human “race” with many shades of color.

Religion is just as bad…

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