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Who Is My Neighbor?

Catherine Booth was the “mother” of the Salvation Army. “Wherever Catherine Booth went,” said Campbell Morgan, “humanity went to...

by Dr. Paul Chappell
 
 
“Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people: neither shalt thou stand against the blood of thy neighbour: I am the LORD. Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him. Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD.”
 
Leviticus 19:16–18
 
 
Love others like Christ would love them, for you never know when you may be in their shoes one day.
 
Catherine Booth was the “mother” of the Salvation Army. “Wherever Catherine Booth went,” said Campbell Morgan, “humanity went to hear her. Princes and peeresses merged with paupers and peasants.”
 
One night, Morgan shared in a meeting with Mrs. Booth, and a great crowd of “publicans and sinners” was there. Her message brought many to Christ. After the meeting, Morgan and Mrs. Booth went to be entertained at a fine home. The lady of the manor said, “My dear Mrs. Booth, that meeting was dreadful.”
 
“What do you mean, dearie?” asked Mrs. Booth. “Oh, when you were speaking, I was looking at those people opposite to me. Their faces were so terrible, many of them. I don't think I shall sleep tonight!”
 
“Why, dearie, don't you know them?” Mrs. Booth asked; and the hostess replied, “Certainly not!”
“Well, that is interesting,” Mrs. Booth said. “I did not bring them with me from London; they are your neighbors!”
 
Who is your neighbor? When people refer to their “neighbors” they most often mean the people living in their neighborhood. But when God refers to our neighbors, He means anyone with whom we come in contact.
 
God commands us to love our neighbor as ourselves. Have you ever really thought about that? You are to love, care about, and honor your neighbors just like you treat yourself. You wouldn’t ignore a need in your life if you had the power to supply it. So why do we ignore the needs of others when we can help?
 
What have you done recently to help one of your “neighbors”? Jesus loved everyone He met while on earth. It didn’t matter if they were homeless, sick, poor, rich, intelligent, simple, or whatever. He loved and took care of them just like He took care of Himself.
 
Take time today to help someone else. Buy them a meal, send them a card, fix something around their house, do whatever you can to love them. Love them like Christ would love them, for you never know when you may be in their shoes one day.
 
 
 
To learn more about Pastor Paul Chappell and his ministry, please visit paulchappell.com.
 
 
 
 
Daily Bible Reading
Ezekiel 16-17 • James 3