Loving our neighbors-How to stop judging & really start loving
Jesus tells us we should be loving our neighbors as we love ourselves. However this could be difficult if you don’t like being pushed out of your comfort zone, like me.
You may remember a few weeks back I talked about how ignoring your neighbors could quite possibly be denying them salvation. It had come to my attention that I was literally judging my neighbors. When it hit me, it REALLY hit me. How could I do that while at the same time professing how much I love Jesus? Jesus asked that we love our neighbors as ourselves, and there I was judging others based on appearances. I was so convicted, ashamed, and embarrassed. I just knew I had to make it right, and that’s what I set off to do. I’ll share more on that further down. (if you didn’t catch my previous post, you can read it here).
Today I’m sharing another perspective with you. Nicole over at Courage. Hope. Love. knows how much it means when neighbor is willing to stretch out a helping hand. I pray her post (How to Love your neighbor-Even when you don’t want to) will help encourage you to reach out to your neighbors in love.
Here’s some of what’s on Nicole’s heart about loving our neighbors:
When we spend time loving our neighbors like God has called us to, we are sharing the very heart of Christ.
My own life was changed by those who were willing to step outside of their comfort zone and love me where I was. Without their willingness to love their neighbor, I could have remained lost and broken.
I have seen the radical and transforming power of Christ at work when I’ve taken the time to go and serve others.
Our purpose here is to bring glory to Christ.
And when we answer the call to serve and to make disciples of all nations, we are walking in that glorious purpose.
I LOVE THAT! I want to walk in that glorious purpose, I want to be used to draw people in, not push them away.
Nicole laid out some steps she’s taken that will also help us in loving our neighbors, and moving us toward what God has called us to do.
Head over to see what else Nicole has to share with you. I know you’ll be as blessed by her words, as I was. Her post was so on time, and fell right in line with how I was feeling.
How I’ve taken action
As God laid conviction on my heart, He also provided an open door. After my neighbor complimented the new additions to my front yard, she began stacking potted plants on a small table near her home. This was an open the door to show kindness to her. I gave her another addition to add to her growing garden. She was so thankful, not just for the plant, but that I took notice and interest in what she was doing. That small gesture had a big impact….viola, door opened! Or should I say, seed planted (*WINK)! I’ll continue to reach out, even when it’s uncomfortable in hopes that the kingdom of Heaven will grow. I pray you continue to look for opportunities to stretch yourself a little more for the sake of reaching out to others with love.