Love Your Neighbor
Home at last! It was late at night and after several weeks of traveling, Tim was glad to finally pull into his own driveway. As the car was unloaded and the kids put to bed, he began making a mental checklist of the things he needed to take care of the next day. Most unpleasant on his list was cutting the grass. With all the rain they had been having, the grass would be very tall and probably take twice as long to mow.
The next morning as he ate his breakfast, he glanced out the window and was startled to see that his lawn had been mowed! Wondering who would have done it, he decided it must have been a kind, older gentleman who lived down the street. Tim went to thank his neighbor and asked what he owed him for cutting the grass. “Nothing!” the man replied. “We’re neighbors!” It is this kind of willingness to look out for the interests of others as if they were our own that Jesus speaks of in this command:
“And the second [commandment] is like unto it [the first], Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself” (Matthew 22:39).