“You, God, and Everyone Else”

On February 19, Pastor Jim preaches on Leviticus 19:9-18.

“Love your neighbor as yourself.” Who said that? Obviously, Jesus said it, but where did it originate? Our Scripture tells us that it came from the Hebrew Bible, specifically Leviticus 19:18. I sometimes wonder what it’s like for our Jewish friends when they hear us attribute to Jesus things that he clearly learned from the Old Testament. We forget that Jesus was taught in the temple and synagogue. He was the epitome of a “nice Jewish boy.”

Anyway, what does it mean to love your neighbor? Recently, a nice young family moved in next to me. A couple of times the husband/dad has come over with a beer in one hand and a cigarette in the other. He’s always very talkative and friendly. He’s a good neighbor. The next time he comes over to chat, should I look him in the eyes and tell him I love him? Surely, I’d never see him again.

What would it look like if we loved our neighbors as ourselves?