Love Thy Neighbour (1)

Because it appears I’ll be doing a lot of hospital visits in the coming days, I’ll be “recycling” some things I’ve written in the past (though they haven’t hit this blog before).  I should manage some “new” posts, but certainly not every day, at least for a while.

Today, I’ll give the first part of something I wrote when I preached a few sermons on loving our neighbour — Jesus told us this is the second greatest commandment.  There is nothing complicated here, just a list of twenty-five things the Scripture says about how we are to treat those around us.  Nothing complicated — but certainly a challenging list. If you do these things, you’ll drive your neighbours crazy wondering what in the world happened to you — and you yourself might not even believe what you have become under the hand of your Maker.

LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR

Love in Action
or
25 Ways to Drive Your Neighbours
**Crazy**
Wondering What Happened to You!

 

1. The Golden Rule (Matthew 7:12).

2. Give Them the Gospel (Romans 1:13-16)

3. Be Honest to Them in All Things (Romans 12:17)

4. Be Peaceable Towards Them (Romans 12:18)

5. Don’t Take Vengeance (Romans 12:19)

6. Feed Them and Give Them Drink, even if Enemies (Romans 12:20)

7. Overcome Evil With Good (Romans 12:21)

8. Work no Ill Against Them (Romans 13:8-10)

9. Don’t Judge Them (expect them to behave) as if They Were Believers (I Corinthians 5:9-13)

10. Serve Them, Giving up Your Rights, for the Gospel’s Sake (I Corinthians 9:19-23)

11. Give No Offense, for the Gospel’s Sake (I Corinthians 10:32-33)

12. Do Good, and Give to Them (Galatians 6:10)

13. Live Differently than They Do – Shine as Lights (Philippians 2:14-16)

14. Be an Example to Them of Self-Control (Philippians 4:5)

15. Be Wise Towards Them (Colossians 4:5)

16. Be Gracious and Appropriate in Speech Towards Them (Colossians 4:5-6)

17. Walk Honestly / Pay Your Own Way (I Thessalonians 4:12)

18. Be Patient Towards Them (I Thessalonians 5:14)

19. Don’t Pay Back Evil, but Follow Good (I Thessalonians 5:15)

20. Pray for Them (I Timothy 2:1)

21. Do not Enter into Strife with Them, but be Gentle (II Timothy 2:24)

22. Don’t Speak Evil of Them, be Gentle and Meek (Titus 3:2)

23. Follow (actively pursue) Peace (Hebrews 12:14)

24. Honour Them (I Peter 2:17)

25. Always Be Ready to Tell Them Why You are the Way You are (I Peter 3:15)

About Jon Gleason

Pastor of Free Baptist Church of Glenrothes
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