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Loving Your Neighbor

Last month we learned as Christians, we are to love people, especially lost people. You may think you can’t love certain people, but you can! Since you know Jesus and are filled with the Holy Spirit, you have in you what it takes to love lost people. “God is love.” (1 John 4:16) Since God is love and God’s Spirit lives in you, you have God’s love in you for others. All you have to do is believe it, allow God to love people through you and just do those things that show love to others. You can even love your enemies with God’s love. By reading the Bible and learning about God’s love, you can learn to love others.

In this lesson I’m going to list practical ways you can love your neighbor and even win heaven’s “Neighbor Of The Year Award“. Make the following list qualities of life and your non-Christian, lost friends will notice. You’ll earn the right to tell them about the Jesus who helps you love them.

1. Be warm and friendly
2. Have a joyful spirit
3. Be an open, accepting person
4. Don’t be critical or judgmental of others
5. Be hospitable
6. Have a warm sense of humor
7. Have a servant, giving heart.
8. Be sensitive to the needs of others
9. Be involved in community activities
10. Be willing to help your friends and neighbors and do so when needed
11. Radiate the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness
12. Don’t be a hypocrite
13. Be genuine, honest and real
14. Be a good listener
15. Consider others more imporatant than yourself
16. Take an interest in the interests of others even if you’re not interested
17. Pray for your friends and tell them you are doing so
18. If you’re harsh or offend your neighbor, ask their forgiveness
19. Do all you can to live at peace with your neighbor
20. Go the extra mile in helping someone or working for your employer

God has planted you where you are to be Jesus to your neighbor. Your neighbor is everyone in God’s creation. They may not be listening to you, but they are watching you. They want to see what a Christian is like before they consider becoming one. The light of Christ in you will be visible through acts of service and love. With Christ’s love alive in you and working through you, He will come alive and real to your unbelieving friends who aren’t yet believers. Be patient. Persevere. Trust God to use you and He will!

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