Love Your Enemies, Love Your Neighbors

When it comes to the art of neighboring, we do well to consider the example of Martin Luther King Jr. He loved those who hated him, who reviled him. King's biblical convictions are what formed the moral core of the Civil Rights movement. It was the second chapter of 1 Peter that gave King the strength to endure sorrows while suffering unjustly (1 Peter 2:19). It was the suffering of Christ that enabled King to believe that the "moral arc of the universe . . . bends towards justice."

Christian, let's follow the examples of Jesus and Dr. King as we love our neighbors in a country still in need of racial reconciliation. Let's remember that Jesus loved us even when we were his enemies (Romans 5:10). Let's do good and live as servants of God so that the watching world will glorify God (1 Peter 2:12). We pray that the resources below will help you love God and your neighbors.

The Reconciling Power of the Gospel Overcomes Racial Tensions

God, through his Son, brings unity out of human diversity by providing a salvation common to all.

Read more about this reconciliation.

Good Quotes

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. — MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.

The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because generally they are the same people. — G.K. CHESTERTON

Observing MLK Day

The least we can do to honor Martin Luther King's legacy is to look for the truth about where we’ve come, where we are and where we’re headed.

Read more.

Where Is God in Our Suffering?

A video about suffering, justice and grace.

Love Like Jesus in Your Neighborhood

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. — JESUS, Matthew 22:36-39

You can do this. Jesus is with you. Check out the resources below to grow in loving your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:39).

Neighboring Toolkit (PDF)

This PDF is full of helpful tips for building relationships with your neighbors.

Neighborhood Block Map

How many squares can you fill with the names of your neighbors?

Buy the Art of Neighboring

The book that started the movement.

WATCH: Grilling for the Common Good

You will LOL and feel inspired to fire up the grill.

Create a Profile on Nextdoor

A private online community for your specific neighborhood.

READ: Neighboring While Single

“When you are alone in your neighboring, it is significantly more challenging.”

Neighboring Matters

Obeying Jesus’ commandment to love our neighbors as ourselves impacts everything from the way we share the gospel to the health of national politics. Your presence matters.

READ: Neighboring Makes for Better Politics

“People experience their highest joy in helping their neighbors make it through the day.”

READ: Praying for Students on Campus

Love your neighbor as yourself, CSU moms edition.

The Art of Neighboring: Sermon Series

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. — JESUS, Matthew 22:36-39

Love God, love others. That's nice, right? Jesus didn't say anything about not eating bacon, and loving others seems like something we can get behind.

But what if Jesus meant your actual neighbors? You know, the guy with the dog that always barks and the family with the kids who ride their bikes through your yard. Them? Jesus wants me to love them like myself? He can't be serious, can he?

What if he is? This would change everything. This would change how we prioritize of our free time, how we share the gospel and how we understand the importance our community.

"The Fear Factor"

Speaker: Mitch Majeski  Date: May 31, 2015

Grace changes us. Fear, on the other hand, is toxic and a horrible motivator. Are we making choices of where we invest our time in fear or in faith? If you're feeling overwhelmed with the thought of neighboring, believe God will give you grace for each day. Just take the first step.


"The Time Barrier"

Speaker: Mich Majeski   Date: May 24, 2015

Prioritizing our proximity isn't easy. It takes time. But why is it so difficult to make time to be present in our neighborhoods? The non-essential additions in life grow into thorns and choke out our fruitfulness. We must look to Jesus — who said "no" to power, glory and riches so he could say "yes" to us — for the motivation to say "no" to things that make us hurried and unavailable.


"Taking the Great Commandment Seriously"

Speaker: Dave Runyon  Date: May 17, 2015

Dave Runyon, pastor and co-author of 'The Art of Neighboring,' kicks off our series on the art of neighboring by encouraging us to love where we live. God has placed us in our specific neighborhoods for a reason, but we need to recover a theology of place.


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