LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR

Every place you look this month you see Hearts. February is the month of Valentines, Hearts and Love. The Bible says "we shall Love our neighbor as yourself"—Matthew 22:39. This is a very hard commandment to follow. Neighhbor doesn't only describe the people next door or across the street. It means all people you come in contact with throughout life. It doesn't mean we are supposed to throw our arms around every one we meet and give them hugs and kisses. I think it means that we are supposed to love them like we would want to be loved. To reach out to them and show them understanding, compassion, kindness, help if they need it, respect, forgiveness, love and to tell them about how "God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believes in Him shall have eternal life."—John 3:16

Every day, I read in the newspapers and see on TV words of hate spewed by racists. I am sorry that some people have not learned that God made all of the human race. And even though we are different, we are all children of God. Racism is caused when we let Satan come into our lives and distort our thinking. Satan gives us a poisonous attitude towards other people. The Love of God is not evident in a racist's actions or speech.

One year when I was hospitalized, many of the Doctors and Nurses were members of different races. They were all wonderful care givers. "I sought the Lord, and He heard me and delivered me from all my fears."—Ps. 34:4. I am sure He sent these "Neighbors" to care for me and I praised God for each one of them. Isaiah 58:9 says "Then shall you call and the Lord shall answer, you shall cry, and He shall say, "Here I am." It saddens me to know that some people will never know the love of their "neighbors" as they will let Satan harden their hearts.

It is a beautiful world and I am glad that we are all God's children, tall or short, fat or skinny, black or white. When you look inside, we are all made alike. Each with a body, a spiritual soul, and a heart that should be filled with love for our neighbor. We can learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are dull, some have weird names and all are different colors, but they all exist very nicely in the same box. Let us try and be like crayons, and all live together in this World God made for us with love for each other.

We express our love for each other on Valentine's Day so why not make every day of our lives a Valentine's Day.

Fern McCallum

This article was written to celebrate Valentine's day 2013. You should also read Fern's Valentine's day 2011 article, A Heart Full of Love.

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