This post is part of my series 31 Days of Simply Writing. Every day for the month of October, I will be taking a one word prompt and writing for 5 minutes, similar to what I do for Five Minute Fridays. Today’s word is Neighbor.
8 Owe nothing to anyone—except for your obligation to love one another. If you love your neighbor, you will fulfill the requirements of God’s law. 9 For the commandments say, “You must not commit adultery. You must not murder. You must not steal. You must not covet.”[a] These—and other such commandments—are summed up in this one commandment: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”[b] 10 Love does no wrong to others, so love fulfills the requirements of God’s law.
Romans 13:8-10 (New Living Translation)
Neighbor. Wow, that’s a really tough one. I just don’t have a lot for neighbor. So I looked for a verse that talked about neighbors, and maybe one that hasn’t been talked about a lot.
This verse in Romans. “If you love your neighbor, you will fulfill the requirements of God’s law.” Dale told me one time that he and his brother had a discussion, about if you could sum up the Bible in one word, what would it be? Dale said “Love.” Well, then this verse says the same thing. Love fulfills God’s law.
And then, who is my neighbor? Jesus tells a story about the Good Samaritan. Being a good neighbor doesn’t mean judging others. It doesn’t mean holding yourself above them. It means caring for others. It means being there for them.
I’m still learning what boundaries I need to draw. How much do I “help?” Boundaries are important and where I’m learning to live today.
Love your neighbor.