Our Relationships With Our Neighbors – October 28, 2016

Matthew 7:12, So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

Matthew 22:37, Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38This is the first and greatest commandment. 39And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

1 Corinthians 10:24, Let no one seek his own good, but that of his neighbor.

Philippians 2:3, Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves.

Over the past few weeks, I have taught a series at Cottonwood Creek titled, ‘Relationship Goals God’s Way!’ The topics covered so are were: love, humility, forgiveness, commitment and the do’s and don’ts of great relationships.

This week I wanted to give you practical biblical advice on the five most important earthly relationships we have in our lives. The 5th relationship  topic is NEIGHBORS. A neighbor is someone you cross paths with consistently but are not necessarily close friends with them. However, the Bible has a lot to say about how we should treat our neighbors. In Matthew 22:37 Jesus said, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38This is the first and greatest commandment. 39And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” Jesus also said in Matthew 7:12, “… do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” Did you get that? Jesus said love your neighbor as you love yourself, and treat them the way you want them to treat you. This weekend, be a good neighbor. Invest in those with whom you cross path, and who knows, you might even have the opportunity to invite them to church with you on Sunday.

Think about that and have a blessed weekend!

John Mark Caton, Ph.D