Thou shalt love thy neighbor –
The love of our neighbor
springs from the love of God as its source;
is found in the love of God
as its principle, pattern, and end;
and the love of God is found in the love of our neighbor,
as its effect, representation, and infallible mark.
This love of our neighbor is a love of
equity, charity, succor, and benevolence.
We owe to our neighbor
what we have a right to expect from him –
“Do unto all men as ye would they should do unto you,”
is a positive command of our blessed Savior.
By this rule, therefore,
we should speak, think, and write,
concerning every soul of man: –
put the best construction upon all the words and actions
of our neighbor that they can possibly bear.
By this rule we are taught
to bear with,
love, and forgive him;
to rejoice in his felicity,
mourn in his adversity,
desire and delight in his prosperity,
and promote it to the utmost of our power:
instruct his ignorance,
help him in his weakness,
and risk even our life for his sake,
and for the public good.
In a word, we must do every thing in our power,
through all the possible varieties of circumstances,
for our neighbors,
which we would wish them to do for us,
were our situations reversed.
This is the religion of Jesus!
Do we as the lawyer ask in Luke 10:?
29 But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus,
And who is my neighbour?
Christ related the parable of the good Samaritan,
and asked the lawyer:
36 Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour
unto him that fell among the thieves?
The lawyer answered:
37 And he said, He that shewed mercy on him.
Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.
That one who needs a smile, a hand, a prayer is my neighbour.
Remember how many times we needed just that little bit of caring.
Love thy neighbour. . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie