God tells us in the Old Testament and the New Testament that the greatest commandment is to love the Lord with all your heart and the second is to love your neighbor. Then we have the golden rule. We are to do unto others as we would have done unto us. This rule can be found in almost every major religion. Loving your neighbor should come naturally to us as humans.
With the current political mess our country is in I feel that some have forgotten how to love their neighbors. We have riots and protests going on. There are also people who are criticizing those that are protesting. They are saying awful things about them instead of listening to what they have to say. I recently have seen two men get into a heated discussion over Trump because of a comment that was made. These men are some of the most loving God fearing men I know.
What is the point of not showing love to your neighbor? Have you or will you accomplish anything by not showing love? The only thing you will get is stress in your daily lives. Most people are wrapped up in current events regarding politics and might be neglecting their neighbors. Think about who you might have neglected. Have you forgot to say happy birthday to a loved one? Have you forgotten to say hello to or just check on a neighbor?
As we approach the holidays I propose that we turn the news off and get away from the negativity that seems to bombard us daily. I say that we start loving our neighbors. There are several ways to do this:
- Be kind to those you meet and show them love.
- Be respectful.
- Stop letting politics get in the way of friendships.
- Volunteer at a homeless shelter and provide a meal.
- Call a family member and tell them how much you appreciate them.
- Help raise money for a local food pantry.
The list could go on for a long time. The point is that we need to get back to loving those that we encounter on a daily basis. Many problems we face in society comes from people looking out for themselves.
Let’s have a joy filled holiday season and that is going to start with showing love to everyone. This might mean loving those that you disagree with. Imagine what your community could look like if everyone shows love to their neighbor.