Love your neighbor-how to really mean it

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  • Reply Kristi August 16, 2017 at 3:28 PM

    God has been pricking my heart in this area as well! What insight God gives us to ourselves whenever we ask him to give us wisdom. I love how you highlighted ignoring our neighbors could be denying them salvation…that packs such a punch. I love even more how you’ve stepped out and planted a seed!

    • Reply Jen E. August 23, 2017 at 10:25 AM

      Oh Kristi, it makes me so happy to know that God can use every one of us to lift our brothers and sisters. I’m glad this post could possibly move you further in the right direction. Yeah, I smile every time I see that plant in front of her house. It’s growing so nicely, makes me pray that her love for God will too.

  • Reply Jehava August 16, 2017 at 4:45 PM

    I love this so much! What a great reminder for me!

    • Reply Jen E. August 23, 2017 at 10:27 AM

      We all need reminders, it’s great when God chooses to use us to help remind others.

  • Reply Amanda at The Light Owl August 16, 2017 at 7:43 PM

    This is a great reminder, especially in the current cultural climate!

    • Reply Jen E. August 23, 2017 at 10:28 AM

      Amanda, you’re absolutely right. We could all use, and give a little more love & with our neighbors is where it needs to start.

  • Reply Lexi August 16, 2017 at 9:51 PM

    That’s wonderful that you were able to reach out to your neighbor. Thankfully we’ve had good interactions with our neighbors but we do have an acquaintance that has been a little difficult. I’ve had a hard time wanting to reach out and continue to cultivate that relationship. Thanks for encouraging me to dive in and find ways to connect.

    • Reply Jen E. August 23, 2017 at 10:31 AM

      Lexi, I’ve had times where I didn’t even WANT to reach out and be a better person. That’s when I pray through gritted teeth, and God is always faithful to change my heart. I get it, reaching out sounds easy, but it’s not always the case. Pray about it, He’ll move your heart in the right direction.

  • Reply Nancy August 17, 2017 at 9:19 AM

    This is good food for thought. It’s hard to reach out to neighbors in person today, at least in my neighborhood. I used to have to go door-to-door on my block for my HOA, and people were so suspicious.

    • Reply Jen E. August 23, 2017 at 10:34 AM

      Nancy, we’ve come to a place in our society where most of us just want to be left alone…I’m guilty of it. I literally have to pray that God gives me a heart to reach out. Not that I don’t care, but that I don’t act on it. I’ve just started with a smile, then a “good morning”, and doors have been opening from there…start small, and you’ll see a change.

  • Reply Amanda August 17, 2017 at 9:39 AM

    EXCELLENT post. The main thing I try to tell my kids is that it’s none of our business what people are doing. It’s between them and God. All we are meant to do is love.

    • Reply Jen E. August 23, 2017 at 10:36 AM

      Thanks Amanda, I’m so grateful that Nicole has let me share what God laid on her heart too. I love what you said! Yes, it’s not for us to judge, or for us to know how god is working on them. the best we can do is be His hands and feet. Thank you for sharing that.

  • Reply Betsy de Cruz August 18, 2017 at 9:57 AM

    What beautiful encouragement to love our neighbors. It’s so easy to hole up in our air-conditioned (or heated) homes and never see each other! We miss out on beautiful opportunities to plant seeds!

    • Reply Jen E. August 23, 2017 at 10:39 AM

      OH MY GOODNESS! Betsy, this is me all the way! But yes, we miss so much more than we could know. I think of my own self. Aas a child, seeing Christians be their best made me curious to know more about their world, now here I am.

  • Reply elise August 18, 2017 at 11:08 AM

    such a beautiful and inspiring post!!! I work hard to consistently share love for neighbours, but it can get tough when things aren’t going right within ourselves. Thanks for sharing this insight!

    • Reply Jen E. August 23, 2017 at 10:47 AM

      Thank you Elise, I’m grateful to Nicole for allowing me to share her post here. I’ve gotta get better at this. I believe (like you said) it takes constant hard work.

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