And Who Is My Neighbor? - Your Daily Forward Devotional

And Who Is My Neighbor?

July 13, 2020

Read James 2: 8-9

If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.

Take time to examine your heart. Do you show partiality to certain groups of people over others? Are you loving all of your neighbors as you would love yourself?

In Matthew 22:39, Jesus said that the second greatest commandment is to “Love your neighbor as yourself.” But what does it mean to love your neighbor? Was Jesus talking about a vague feeling of affection towards the people around you? No.

Jesus charged us with loving our neighbor as we love ourselves. That kind of love is action. It means taking care of others just as much as you take care of yourself. It means looking out for our neighbors’ well-being. It means showing love to our neighbors by striving to meet their needs.

Who are the neighbors Jesus was talking about? The people who live in my neighborhood? The people that I like? The people that are most similar to me?

Jesus clarifies who our neighbors are in Luke 10:25-37. In the parable of the Good Samaritan,

Jesus told the story of a man who cared for another man who had been robbed, beaten, and left on the side of the road. The Samaritan man went out of his way to provide for another he did not know and had just happened upon along the road. He used his own resources to ensure this man’s needs were met.

Despite the man’s race, despite his condition, despite the fact that the Samaritan did not even know the man, the Samaritan acted with compassion and mercy. He showed love to his neighbor.

Likewise, we are to show love to our neighbors without partiality. Without favoritism. We are to actively show love to anyone that God places in our path regardless of their race, social status, religion, political party, or opinions. If we do not, we are in the wrong according to God’s law.


God, it is not easy to love everyone the way that you have commanded. The world promotes hate and division, but you have commanded us to love with a love that unites. Help me to love others as much as you have loved me. Amen


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Lord your Love is the one I really want to have in my whole life as I follow you each day ,make me more like you my master and my Lord ,thank you . Amen.
In today's world of so much hate, division, discrimination and injustice the church really needs to show love as much as we are able. God help to love as you would do and say. Amen
Jesus sometimes I feel like I really struggle with this. I harbor resentment towards some people... and some groups of people. I know that is wrong. Please allow me to fully love my neighbors as you have commanded me and shown me. Amen 🙏
Jesus assist me in imaging the love you share for me to other's, especially the ones that I wouldn't normally help.. In Jesus name Amen
God help me love others the way you love me
Lord Jesus, open my heart to receive Your love which allows me to love others as I love myself. This I pray in Jesus' name, Amen.
I loved this post. I try to always love my neighbor as myself, but sometimes I fail to do it. Lord help me to always do as you have commanded us to. To always love my neighbor as myself no matter the circumstances, in Jesus name, Amen
Do you think it is also people who you don't come in contact with?
Correction Love my
Wow this devotional is right on target with the state of the times we live in ! There is so much division and political animosity towards each other ! Father I fall right into the all that’s going on and hard for me to love my brother! Forgive me and convict me when I do wrong ! Help me lord to live my fellow brothers and sisters as Jesus commanded us to ! Amen ✝️🙏
My neighbor is who I come in contact with, also who you talk to at store or another public places.
Jesus used the Samaritan (citizen of Samaria) as an example of the good that anyone could do. He used this person because the citizens of Samaria were definitely enemies of the Jews.. This example illustrated to them, and also illustrates to us, that anyone whom God has created has worth in His eyes and we must love them just as He does. If one has worth in the eyes of God, then who are we to question that? Lord please help me to look for and to see the good in each person I encounter, particularly in these days of stark division, rancor, and even hate due to nothing other than the differences we all have.
This Morning prayer,I was asking God to show me who my neighbor was,this was before I saw this devotional. Wow Praise God.
Thank you so much for this gracious reminder! Please pray for a heart of love and compassion for me. Thank you! The Lord is so good! May He bless you!
Thank you so much for this message for the reminder of how much God does love us and that we are to love our neighbors as we would love ourselves. I think so many of us me included forget that with our busy lives. Again so thankful for the reminder. So important right now with everything going on.
Amen in our world of hate and division we as the body of Christ must show them God’s unifying message of love and it starts in our homes and neighborhoods. May His love extend through each one of us to all peoples.
Thank you for sharing and reminding me that "love is action". Father, I know that I "fall short" at this command of loving my neighbor. Give me a repentant and compassionate heart; and help and empower me to love others as You do in tangible ways.
Amen 🙏!!! Great Morning Word to start the Day.
Oh Lord help me to love others even when it hurts. Without your Holy Spirit I am a slave of my selfishness. Help my Lord Jesus!
Help me Lord so to love
From what I've seen of the previous generations, not only do they do a poor job of 'Loving their neighbor as themselves,' they teach, by attitudes, conduct, and example my generation to have the same flaw.
The world would be a better place to live in.