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November 1, 2020

My Neighbor

If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right.  James 2:8 (NIV)


Why is it called the “royal law”?

Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law. For this, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, it is summed up in this saying, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.  Romans 13:8-10 (NASB)


Who is my neighbor?


Luke 10:29-37 - The story of the Samaritan who stepped across the prejudice line and rescued a Jew.


The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”


What does “Love your neighbor as yourself” look like for me?

“But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.” Luke 6:27-28 (NASB)

“Treat others the same way you want them to treat you. If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. If you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners in order to receive back the same amount. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” Luke 6:31-36 (NASB)


Re-read James 2:8-9 and read Luke 10:25-37. James encourages Christians to keep the “royal law,” which says, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” How does Jesus’ parable in Luke 10 exemplify keeping this “royal law”?
In the Parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus describes two people who ignore the plight of someone in need and one who takes care of their needs. What are some ways you might overlook opportunities to be a good neighbor, as defined by Jesus, in your actions or inaction towards others?
What are some ways you can be a good neighbor, as defined by Jesus, in your actions toward others? Remember that, according to James’ message and Jesus’ parable, we should take these opportunities even if we think the person may not deserve our kindness.
This week, for many of us in America, our tendency toward division and the favoritism that can offshoot from it might be on high alert. Pray that God will strengthen you to overcome that tendency and to be a good neighbor to those who think, act, or look different from you. Ask him to remind you that he is king and is still in control no matter the outcome of our election process. Throughout this message series, make the commitment to read through the letter of James at least once. Don’t be afraid to read it a second time if you have the chance.

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