- Identify your neighbours. Who are your ‘neighbours’ at work, at church, in your street, and beyond? Are there certain people you realise you ignore or don’t consider your responsibility, your neighbour?
- What do you want others to do to you? Lie, steal, covet, dishonour, murder? Or show compassion, forgive, listen, honour, bless, share? With this in mind, are there ‘neighbours’ you need to start treating differently?
- Ask God’s Spirit to fill you up, transforming your attitude and heart, so that you can overcome the force of self-interest, and genuinely embrace the cost of loving others.
Do not hate a fellow Israelite in your heart… Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbour as yourself.
Romans 13:8-10 (NIV)
Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbour as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbour. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
Galatians 5:13-14 (NIV)
You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbour as yourself.”
Philippians 2:1-4 (NLT)
Are your hearts tender and compassionate? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose. Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.
Matthew 7:12 (NIV)
So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.