Love Thy Neighbor

You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: ‘Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.’

Matthew 5.43-45

How can we learn to love the guy next door with the barking dog, especially when we don’t even like him? Perhaps the secret is to recognize that our neighbor, whether it’s the guy next door, the checker at the local grocery store, or the Sunday school teacher at church, is someone as worthy of God’s love as you or I. If we love the Lord God with all our heart, soul and mind, loving our neighbor is the natural result.