We Need To “Neighbor” More

Years ago, I was Pastoring a church in Mississippi and I was talking with an elderly man. I can’t remember the specifics of the conversation but I do remember one statement the elderly man made. He said, “Preacher, folks don’t ‘neighbor’ much anymore.” I know that statement sounds odd so let me explain.
For this elderly man and others of his generation, the word “neighbor” meant helping your neighbor… getting to know your neighbor… It might mean providing food for your neighbor, if needed. It might mean helping a neighbor plow his fields and, it could mean other things that are involved in helping others. The old man was right in that, we don’t “neighbor” as much as we used to.
In the gospel of Luke, a man asked Jesus what the greatest commandment was? Jesus told him to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind.” Then, Jesus said, “the second is ‘love your neighbor as yourself'”.
Hearing this, the man replied, “Who is my neighbor?”
To answer the man, Jesus told the parable of the Good Samaritan and as He closed, He asked the man, “Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?” Jesus asked. (Luke 10:36)
The man replied, “The one who showed Him mercy” (Luke 10:37).
Today, who is our neighbor? The answer is, “everyone.”
The fact is, the world is our neighbor but, for the sake of simplicity, let’s start where we live. Do we help others? What does it mean to be a good neighbor?
It may mean inviting your neighbor over for a cook-out or a meal. It may mean helping them with their yard work. It may mean helping them with some project around their house. Those and other things are what it means to be a good neighbor.
We need to “neighbor” more than we do. Let’s be good neighbors and help others in Jesus name.

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