“But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus,
‘And who is my neighbor?’”
Luke 10:29 NIV
There seems to be as many definitions of the word “love” as there are people offering a meaning. One humorist suggested that, “Love is an itch you cannot scratch”.
Many definitions of love describe it as an emotion. What seems unique about Jesus’ definition of love is that He describes love as a verb—a way of relating to people.
The Apostle John, following Jesus’ teaching, tells us in 1 John 3:18 (NIV),
“Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”
In other words it means nothing to say to the poor that you love them if you do not give them what they need on a daily basis.
For centuries Christians have fulfilled this commandment to love their neighbours by establishing missions to provide seed for farmers in poor countries, medical help for those who have never seen a doctor, and other ministries of kindness for the needy.
Movements like World Vision, the Salvation Army, Compassion and other organizations working in the name of Jesus Christ have alleviated suffering all around the world. Supporting such ministries is how we in the western world love our brothers and sisters in needy countries.
At such an important time in history here in Canada we have the opportunity to love the Syrian refugees by helping sponsor families in the name of Jesus Christ.
One church I know of in my own city of Burlington has sponsored a Syrian refugee family and helped find housing, clothing for our cold Canadian winter, stocked the kitchen with food, and drove the family members to doctor appointments, etc. This is a specific case of “loving your neighbour”.
Can you think of ways to “love your neighbour” and fulfill the commandment of Christ?
See if there is some new way to show love and the Lord will bless your efforts.