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My Neighbor

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  • #2015
    Florence
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    A colon means “that is to say” or “here’s what I mean.” And the golden text says from Leviticus 19:18 “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD.” Does that not tell me that no matter who my neighbor appears to be, I must, in obedience to God, work on seeing the Christ in every man? If I do this, I go to work , shopping, everywhere with the thought of seeing correctly; that is loving, unselfishly practicing our greatest command.

    #2016
    Lil
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    Thank you for this topic. I’m so grateful for all that I’m learning in this church about seeing the Christ in every man–not just someone living next door: it includes the world. The Webster’s 1828 Dictionary includes in the definition of neighbor: “One of the human race; any one that needs our help, or to whom we have an opportunity of doing good. Luke x” Also, “a country that is near.” No one is left out. What could be greater? As you said, “practicing our greatest command.”

    #2025
    jacob45
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    Actually in the context of Leviticus it is limited to fellow tribe´s men, and not to humanity as a whole. The Jews felt themselves God´s favorites, and looked down on the heathen nations. That is why they thought God told them to commit ethnic cleansing. Jesus Christ changed all that, and brought Truth to this dark, illusive world of mortal mind. “Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good unto them that hate you, and pray for them ….” Matthew 5:43,44.

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