Who is my Neighbor that I should love?

Posted: April 19, 2012 in Uncategorized
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In my blog yesterday, I launched a conversation about the church being comprised of people of multi-ethnicities. I would like to continue that conversation today. The Bible says,”There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28). In the mindset of the Hebrew people, there were Jews, and then everyone else. The Jewish mindset was that they were God’s chosen people and therefore superior to all others. In the eastern culture of the Bible, women were barely more than property. And the distinction between slave and free was clear to see. But in one verse, God declares the equality of all people in His eyes. There is no distinction between ethnic groups, gender, or economic and social status. God loves everyone.

In the story of the Good Samaritan, Jesus declares our responsibility to love all ethnic groups. There was no greater hatred and bitterness than that between the Jews and the Samaritans. In Galatians 5, Paul lists “hatred” as one of the depraved works of our flesh. Prejudice falls into that category.

There is no greater testimony of the power of love than the fact that Jesus elevated women in the eyes of the culture of that day, broke down all ethnic divisions, and equalized the strata of culture and society. We used to sing it, “Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world, red, and yellow, black, and white, they are precious in His sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world.”

If we know Jesus, it is not possible to retain articifical divisions between ethnicities, genders, or classes of people. It is sin. To know God through Christ means that we are yielded to Him in a way that He can change our heart, and produce the fruit of love within us, for all people.

  1. Rachel Flemming says:

    “But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes(1 John 11). Awake, you who are asleep, Arise from the dead,and Christ will give You light. Perhaps Christians should perform a self- examination and ask themselves am I really out of the darkness. Do I have issues of jealousy, unforgiveness, bitterness, superiority, or selfishness; Are those possible roots of prejudice? Did I get it from my mama /or papa? Do I really believe Jesus can change my heart through the power of the Holy Spirit? How can I walk in love and love my nieghbor according to God’s Word? Was I once in darkness or am I still in darkness?
    Pray for the greatest gift, the gift of Love (1 Corinthians 13). Walk as children of the light in the Lord (Ephesians 8-11). Loosen up and let the Spirit move you. Let your love light shine, “this little light of mine I’m going to let it shine, let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

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