Love Thy Neighbor: A Simple Concept
In the book of Matthew 22:36-39, a lawyer challenged Jesus Christ asking him, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?”
Jesus answered him by saying, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with your entire mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself”.
So what does It mean to love your neighbor?
For Jesus, to love your neighbor as yourself means the followings:
You shall not hate your brother in your heart, but always reason frankly with your neighbors, so you don’t incur sin because of him.
You shall not involve in taking vengeance or bear any grudge against the sons of your people, but to love your neighbor as yourself.
Loving your neighbor as you love yourself also entails practicing justice towards your fellow human beings.
Live generously towards the poor and alienated, do not steal from anyone and do not be deceptive in handling people.
All in all, loving your neighbor encompasses all aspects of godly and righteous living. If you love your neighbor you will not steal, cheat, curse, hate or seek revenge. It is the umbrella to all other commandments from God.
Can you imagine a world where people loved each other this way?
Translating this Concept of Love to Children
So how to you teach your children what is Love with this teaching of Jesus?
Make your home the happiest place on earth. Build your home in such a way that it will be attracted to other people and children. Let children come to your homes and share the world of God with your children while you watch and advice where necessary. Teach them to share with the have-nots and let them know that there is love in sharing.
We can also build strong bonds with our neighbors this way, and this is how we create a community, each helping the other out. And children, even the keen observer, will learn from our behavior, how we as adults treat one another.
Let your house ring with love and laughter, for the Bible, says, "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine" (Proverbs 17:22a).
These simple practices will go a long way in helping you learn how to love their neighbors and loving God as well.