We’re entering the home stretch of our journey of discovering emotionally healthy spirituality. This week we learned from Jesus as he talked with a lawyer about who should be considered a “neighbour” as we love God and our neighbours. (Luke 10.25-37)
To be able to have an extended definition of “neighbour” is a sign of “Growing into an Emotionally Mature Adult” (the sixth pathway).
Here are a couple more modern day examples to inspire you: one from Brian and one from Sarah.
And here’s something to work through as a family.
Love your neighbour because God’s given to the love you need to love others. Read Sarah’s experience.
Love your neighbour by sharing with your coworkers. What should you share? Your compassion, your experience…
Love your neighbour as a family because God made it one of the great commandments.
We love because he first loved us. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.
-1 John 4.19-21
On Sunday at Christ Community Church we talked about being good neighbours, as Proverbs teaches. Being a good neighbour is more than becoming best friends. Read this blog by Caryn Rivadeneira called “A different way of loving your neighbor” for some thoughts on what this might actually look like. This post is intended for adults and young adults as they consider their relationships with their neighbours, and how they treat one another in relationships.
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