Love... Is Neighborly
I think of old TV shows like Little House on the Prairie, or new ones, like Hallmark's When Calls the Heart. In rural communities, neighbors can be live-savers.
I think of Parables like The Rich Man and Lazarus or The Good Samaritan.* I reconsider Christ's second-to-the-Top Law: Love your neighbor as yourself.
Here's the thing: How we treat our neighbors isn't just about their wellbeing; it's about our own... as in life or death, up or down, happy ending... or not.
Jesus described who our neighbors are. They're people in close proximity: people God places in front of us... as in, nothing is accidental.
If we serve an intentional God, then neighbors are divine appointments--even the ones we'd rather not see. Are they meant to be our harder tests?
Therefore, we love.
## Love Series: Love Is Neighborly (Part 55)
* The Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus:
* The Parable of the Good Samaritan:
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Love series.