What does it mean to love your neighbor during this time of isolation? How can I serve my neighbor from a distance?
Relax! God has this! We were MADE for exactly this time!
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' there is no commandment greater than these." Mark 12:30-31
While events and gathering are being cancelled love, kindness, and hope are not. What an incredible opportunity we have been given to focus on what is really important: Jesus and our neighbors. As the hands and feet of God, how do we share His love and Hope with others in this time?
Loving your neighbor means receiving God's love. Pray and ask God.
The Bible tells us “this is love. Not that we loved God but that He loved us and sent his Son as a propitiation…” (1 John 4:10). You are the object of this love.
- Who is it that You want me to reach out to and help?
- What steps do You want me to take?
Consider and pray about what is in your hand right now.
What do I have that can be offered to help someone in need? Here are some great ideas to get you started!
- Food items and toiletry supplies
- Internet access
- Mobile phone
- Pray with someone
- Send an encouraging card or note
- Simply call or check in with someone
- Offer to help a single parent or parents of a special needs child.
- Bless someone with a gift card for groceries.
- Are you in an HOA? They may have a social media group. Use it to share encouragement.
- Share craft or other ideas with friends and families.
- Look for community opportunities to help.
- Use online connecting, such as Skype, Zoom, or Google Hangouts, to stay connected with your friends. Journey Groups are a great idea to hold virtually!
- Share CG Church virtual resources such as: Digital Serving, Digital Ministries, or Connect to online worship and other CG TV opportunities
The Bible says, “it’s God who works in us both to will and to do of His good pleasure” (Philippians 13). Loving Him and our neighbor pleases Him. Grace helps us do this. Grace teaches us proper love and respect for ourselves and for our neighbor. Freely receiving His grace empowers us to freely give it.
Loving your neighbor means looking out for their wellbeing. (Translation: Pay attention)
1 Corinthians 13 says, “Love protects.” Loving your neighbor is to look out for other people’s wellbeing. To look out for them is to pay attention. If your friend had their tag sticking out of their shirt, you’d no doubt tell them, well the same goes in your neighborhood. Look for opportunities to help
Loving your neighbor means making allowances for other people's humanity. Prayer, Patience, and Perseverance.
We live in a sinful world and now we have added stress all around us. Now is the time to forgive. People make mistakes. Forgiveness is a huge deal to God.
Forgiveness is freely given to us and to love your neighbor means you pass that forgiveness on. Didn’t Pete ask Jesus in Matthew 18 how many times he should forgive? Up to seven times? And Jesus responds, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.” Matthew 18:22