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Devotional and Verse of the Day.

A True Neighbor

Have you ever wondered: “What does God want me to do?” 

If you’re looking for a verse that summarizes the commands in both the Old and New Testaments, here’s what Paul wrote to the believers in Galatia… 
“The whole law can be summed up in this command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.” Galatians 5:14 NLT 
Paul’s words echo a command Jesus gave when He was asked what the most important commandment was (Matthew 22:37-40). What they’re both essentially saying is: beyond loving God with everything in you, you should love your neighbor ( others )  as yourself. 
All the Law says can be summed up in the command to love others as much as you love yourself. Galatians 5:14 CEV https://bible.com/bible/392/gal.5.14.CEV

Who is your neighbor? 

A Jewish expert in religious law once asked Jesus, “Who is my neighbor?” (Luke 10:29) So Jesus told him a story about a man who was beaten and left for dead on the side of the road. Both a priest and a Levite walked by and ignored the man—but it was a Samaritan who sacrificed his time and money to help him heal. 

For many reasons, Samaritans were despised by Jews. But that didn’t stop the Samaritan in this story from showing compassion. What Jesus wanted the Jewish expert (and us) to hear is that; 
anyone, anywhere, is our neighbor—and everyone is worthy of our sacrificial love. 

How do you love yourself? 

When you need any help, you work hard to meet it. You don’t have to think about how to treat yourself; it’s just something you do. The care we unconsciously show ourselves is also how we should care for others. 

How can you love your neighbor as you love yourself? 

If someone needs help with their home, job, or children, you can serve joyfully. If a family is struggling financially, you can give generously. If there’s someone in your life who doesn’t have a godly example to look up to, you can step into the gap. 

Being a true neighbor is not always convenient and will likely cost you, but you can still choose to love them as you love yourself. And when you serve others in this way, you are serving Jesus, too. 

Today, take a moment to consider the people around you who could use your help. Then, ask God to reveal how you can love and serve them this week.
All the Law says can be summed up in the command to love others as much as you love yourself. Galatians 5:14 CEV https://bible.com/bible/392/gal.5.14.CEV
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Peace be with you; thank you for stopping by, take care, and God bless! 
Appreciate every day;
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