A helpful reminder and challenge from Tim Challies’ blog.
Where will I have the best, the most natural opportunities to love? Where will I have the best opportunities to share the gospel? The best opportunities will inevitably come with relationships in the real world, where I can give all of myself to another person, not just the bits I choose to reveal through the Internet. I can be a far better neighbor to the person next door than I can to the person thousands of miles away.
If I am to obey the second great commandment, to love my neighbor as myself, I need to refocus my understanding of community, of neighbor, to the people I can best love, best serve, best share the gospel with. And those are the people right here, right now, right around me. [read more]
Perhaps the question isn’t who is our neighbor, but rather who isn’t?
And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.”
But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” (Luke 10:25-29 ESV)