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Love Your Neighbor

During times of trial, our comfort comes from knowing we have God by our side, who loves us, and has given His Son Jesus to pay for the penalty of our sins. How difficult would it be then to love our neighbors as much as God so loved us?

“For the commandments, ‘You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,’ and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.”

(Romans 13:9-10)

Our desire should be to comfort our neighbor as God comforts us. For God has not held anything back from us, so why should we hold anything back from our neighbor? Give freely to those in need, comfort them and love them with your whole heart.

Bless your neighbor as yourself. Show them mercy as God has shown us mercy. If they are hungry, feed them. If they are thirsty, give them drink. If they are cold, embrace them with all that God has given us.

No manner of affliction ought to prevent us from doing good to others. Through trial, God lives in us to bless those who need light in the midst of darkness. Let your light shine. Bless the weary in deed by extending your hands to them. Love your neighbor.


Jack Flacco is an author and the founder of Looking to God Ministries, an organization dedicated to spreading the Word of God through outreach programs, literature and preaching.

24 thoughts on “Love Your Neighbor

  1. Excellent commentary. I am reminded of the text in 1 John which asks us how could we say we love God – whom we cannot see – and hate our brother, whom we can see. It’s hypocritical, really.

    The WHOLE law hangs on two commands: Love God with our whole heart, soul and mind AND love our neighbours as ourselves.

  2. I am currently reading, “Words of Endearment; The Ten Commandments as a revelation of God’s Love” by Dr. William Coker, SR. Your post reminded me of it. So many think of his commandments as harsh rules but they are his love revealed.

  3. What ever trial we are going through becomes full and powerful when we use it to help someone else because we have gained understanding from it into Him.

  4. Very Good Pastor Jack!
    True love is evidenced by what we DO, far more than only what we say.
    God’s Golden Rule; “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”; is a prudent and doable command.

    One can NEVER love too much, or give too much of themselves to others benefit.
    God’s Blessing Jack,

  5. Amen. Love God and love neighbor is the greatest commandment. When we love God, we will not worship other gods. When we love our neighbor, we will not covet or steal. For love covers over a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8). Blessings!

    1. Hallelujah! As we obey God, loving Him and others, we change to become more like Him every day. Then, through that change, we can preach the gospel more effectively because others will want to become as we are: love. For as God is love, so shall we be love. God bless!

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