God commands us to love one another.
- John 13:34-35 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
He even commands us to love our enemies.
- Matthew 5:43-44
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you…”
How do we Love?
But how do we do that exactly? How do we love when we don’t feel loved and don’t feel like loving? I fall back on another equally powerful verse.
- Matthew 7:12 “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you…”
Denying ourselves so we can love someone else is incredibly unnatural. But, loving one another is a command, not a request
Denying ourselves so we can love someone else is incredibly unnatural. But, loving one another is a command, not a request. And if we are going to be disciples of Jesus Christ, we must strive to obey His commands as if He really IS our Lord…not just our Savior.
So, I asked my 9 year old daughter Ashley to write a list of 21 ways to love your neighbor. It’s always fun to get inside the head of a child, and she LOVES making lists. She’s even started a “list club” for daddy’s blog. How cute, right? Anyway, here is her list.
“21 Ways to Love Your Neighbor” – a list by Ashley Lauren White
- Walk their dog when they are not home
- Give them hugs when I see them
- Give them refreshments
- Give a gift basket by the door for their B-day
- If someone is hurt, you can help them
- Give them your full attention if spoken to
- Let them borrow your stuff if they need to
- If they are carrying something heavy, help them
- If they’re sick, help around the house for them
- Help them by setting out the table if they are resting
- Keep their house clean if they’re on vacation
- If put in charge of their house, don’t forget to clean
- Say “please” and “thank you” if given something
- Give them chocolate and a get well soon card if sick
- Offer to babysit their child
- Give them a compliment
- Give them a warm welcome when they come home
- Wash dishes
- Water the plants
- Clean the pool
- Give them a massage
Numbers 2, 6, 13, and 17 are my favorites.
How do you Love your Neighbor?
Use the comments below to tell us your favorites, and add to Ashley’s list of ways to love your neighbor. Ask your kids for help if you struggle for some ideas.