I've talked about loving your neighbor many times in my devotionals..because many of the problems that we face in our lives would be resolved if we would just open up our hearts and love others! That doesn't always mean that we agree on everything but just the same we are supposed to love our neighbor as ourself so if we love others then a change can take place in their lives as well! Love can open up opportunities for us as Christians to reach out to non-believers so that we can make a difference in their lives!
We can change the world if we show them the love of Jesus and they will want to change once they feel the love of Christ through you!
Think about it this way..When Jesus traveled and was starting his ministry he didn't go around scaring people by saying that if they didn't follow him they were all going to burn in hell.. instead Jesus delivered a message of love and hope to those people and he showed everyone around him how to become closer with his Heavenly Father! Jesus didn't go around putting fear into people..he knew that would never get the message out there, he knew he had to show them love and treat them well! One of his most memorable stories in the bible was when he fed the five thousand, by doing so he showed them the ultimate act of kindness by the boy's sacrifice of giving his lunch to share with the crowd! And Jesus then went on to teach them about when we share with others God blesses what we give to them and multiplies it to fulfill the need that others have! He showed them that through God you will always have what you need and God will always provide if you have faith in him to provide!
Think about the way you act to others today and try to think of what Jesus would do out of love and out of an act of kindness! Remember this valuable lesson and be kind to your neighbor..like you want to be treated! Keep this in mind today, read this verse and apply it to your life and in the way you treat others..
"If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well."