Loving thy neighbor

I think we can all say that we are quick to find faults in others.  And if you don’t, then I’ll admit that I do.  It’s part of being human, I guess.  We are jealous of others’ accomplishments, and not shy to point out their weaknesses.  

But is that truly ‘loving they neighbor as thyself’?

Jesus tells us, in Mark 12: ‘...you shall love the LORD your God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength.  And the second [command] is this, ‘you shall love your neighbor as yourself’.’

If I truly love my neighbor (by the way, ‘neighbor’ in this text literally means ‘anybody’), I should test my love by asking myself questions such as ‘Am I glad that he achieved what I have failed at?’, ‘Am I glad that he has succeeded in goals that I have tried to reach?’, ‘Am I praising the talents and gifts that God has blessed him with, but that I lack in?’

If I love my neighbor as myself, there should never be any hint of jealousy in my heart towards him.  I should be happy for him.  I should rejoice for the goodness God has displayed on him, but denied me.  I should be just as happy for what he has that I have wanted, as I would be if I had it.

This new year, let us remember to look around us and be joyful for others, happy for what they have, and thankful for what God has given each of us.


‘Rejoice with those who rejoice...’
- Romans 12:15

‘Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law.’
- Romans 13:8

‘Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.’
- Romans 13:10


  1. Great post Raquel! So very true and a great reminder!! :) thanks so much for this post!


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