Who is My Neighbor? – 4

And Jesus was going about in all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness among the people.”  Matthew 4:23

“..and He went about doing good.” Acts 10:38

Jesus said, “Follow Me.”  What does this look like?  The verses above give us a start.  And John Stott elaborates further in his booklet, “Who is My Neighbor?” [1]:

‘He went about doing good.’ This is a beautiful description.  Jesus never did harm to anybody.  On the contrary, to everybody and in every circumstance he did positive good.

“He was not afraid to look human need in the face, in all its ugly reality.  And what He saw invariably moved Him to compassion,, and so to compassionate service.  Sometimes He spoke.  But his compassion never dissipated itself in words; it found expression in deeds.”  He saw, He felt, He acted.

“If, then, we are to resuce the concept of ‘doing good’–which Jesus both exemplified and commanded–from the scorn it has currently acquired, we shall have to rid oursleves of patronizing and self-righteous attiudes, and of a superficial ‘commitment without involvement’ mentality.  ‘Doing good’ must be the genuine expression of our love…love that is not sloppy or selfish sentimentality, but rather the sacrificing of ourselves to serve others constructively.

“It seems incontrovertible that if we are even to begin to follow the real Jesus, and to walk in His shoes, we must seize every opportunity to ‘do good.’ Our good works will show the genuineness of our love, and our love will show the genuineness of our faith!”

“..we have hear of your faith in Christ Jesus and the love which you have for all the brethren.”  Colossians 1:4

“..constantly bearing in mind your work of faith and labour of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the presence of our God and Father.”  I Thess. 1:3

 

There’s so much more to be said regarding loving our neighbor, the who’s, what’s, how’s and when’s of it all.  Suffice it to say, we should Just Do It.

[1] John R.W.Stott, Who is My Neighbor? Inter-Varsity Press, London. 1976

5 thoughts on “Who is My Neighbor? – 4

  1. Linda, I like what you wrote about doing good. Opportunities are all around us; we just need to take advantage of them. Another point, too, is that sometimes we need to make the opportunities. Great series!

  2. Simply put, we are to do good to anyone who is loved by God!

    Those who need love most are usually the most unlovely. If God could give grace to a sinner such as I, I should be able to touch someone with his love and by his power.

  3. Linda,

    Thank you for the reminder and this series. Sometimes it is the second greatest commandment that feels most difficult to accomplish. Our neighbors are not always easy to love, and don’t always appreciate the love when we do obey; but then again Christ laid down His life for us even while were still the very enemies of God.

    I believe your Just do it is exactly right. We are freed from the power of sin, and Christ enables us to do what He commands of us. I suppose, instead of listing reasons why loving our neighbor is simply too hard, we should simply just do as our Lord commands.

    Thank you!

    Blessings,

    Michael

  4. Doing good, being sincere, being available, these are truly important neighborly characteristics!

    Thanks for more sharing about being a good neighbor.

    We all need the timely reminders… of how Jesus did it. We simply follow in His steps.

  5. Excellent comments and exhortations! I welcome your input so much–thank you!!

    Forgive me if I don’t respond individually at this time, as we’re on the road, visiting our daughters, seeing their homes, and preparing to be grandparents!

    You all have such wonderful sites, and offer outstanding encouragement, so I am humbly blessed that you take time to drop by here!

    Blessings to you, Linda

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