Loving our neighbor opens the way for healing

The town in which our family lived was one block wide and eight blocks long. It was completely surrounded by a large city. Despite the closeness of the city, though, it had managed to retain the neighborliness of a small town. When we first moved in, there were many proofs of this. Some people brought over food, others offered to help with heavy boxes. There was a real neighborly spirit.

In thinking about these kindnesses, I saw that they were part of fulfilling of the "Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself." Mark 12:31. Christ Jesus cited this command as one of the two great commandments. To obey this command makes a difference in our lives; it opens up avenues to blessing and healing not only for us but for our neighbor as well. In order to obey it, though, a clear understanding of its meaning is needed.

"And that's a fact!"
September 11, 1989

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