Who Is My Neighbour: The Art of Giving

So most of my regular Readers/Followers would know that I am part of an Evangelism Team at my local church, where I am challenged to grow in my faith, my study of the Word and my dedication to witnessing. (I can’t express enough how vital the team has been to my growth – it actually drove me to create this blog – and I would encourage every Christian to actively engage with Evangelism within their church.)

A few weeks ago, I attended one of our weekly Evangelism classes, and one of our attendees asked the question “who is my neighbour?”. This question was not posed to justify himself like the good lawyer in Luke 10:29, but simply to get the group to think about the measure of our love and kindness.

And with this post, the question I want to ask you is “who am I neighbourly towards?“.

Would I do ANYTHING to achieve the objective God has given me?

Am I 100% committed to God’s mission?

Am I 100% committed to my fellow Christians?

Would I endure any hardship for both God and my brothers and sisters?

“If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.”

– I John 4:20-21

Where is our commitment to loving one another?

As we enjoy what I hope was a relaxing weekend with family, friends and colleagues, let us think about how much we GIVE, to God and those around us, in terms of love and kindness. Giving requires sacrifice, and it will always cost you. We may have money, wealth, assets etc but the greatest gift ever given is that of salvation. We realise that we have a great commission to fulfill, but are we willing to give that message of salvation to others in a kind and loving way?

In keeping with kindness, please can I encourage us to continue to lift up all those affected by the disturbing terrorist attacks in London last night, and in Manchester last week. Let us lift them up in our prayers and ask God to be their strength during this time. One does not need to ask for prayer, but as Brothers and Sisters it is our duty to pray for one another, and this nation, knowing that God hears and will answer according to His will and to His glory alone.

Dear Lord help us to be kind in Jesus Name Amen.


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