Prayer Time on Sunday Morning: We host a prayer gathering on Sunday at 9:00 am each Sunday in the Upper Room. We would like to encourage you to attend as we seek God’s will across a variety of different topics, issues, and concerns. Please make a plan to join us next Sunday!
Share: How has God built your relationships with your neighbors thus far? Have there been specific things that have happened that are encouraging or discouraging?
How can we continue to pray for you and your neighboring this summer?
Pray That You Would Love Your Neighbors
What the Bible says
“We love because He first loved us.” (1 John 4:19)
“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Matthew 22:37-38)
Why it matters
The only reason you can love God, yourself or those around you is that God loved you first. He made a way for you to have a relationship with Him.
In fact, loving your neighbor stands beside loving God as one of the greatest commandments God has given, as Jesus teaches in Matthew 22. After a similar verse in Luke 10, Jesus explains it further with the Parable of the Good Samaritan. In this famous story, Jesus defines who your neighbor is.
It’s tempting to simply think of the people you like — who are like you or physically close to you — as your neighbors, and God definitely wants you to love and pray for them.
But Jesus takes it a step further, presenting a person who crossed the barriers between people who were not alike — who were even considered enemies — as the example of how to love. He is calling you to love not just those you choose to be a part of your life but everyone you come across.
There is no clearer or more simple way to start to love someone in your life than to approach God on their behalf.