Loving a Hostile Neighbor


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S (Scripture): Hebrews 13:1 Keep loving each other like family. 2 Don’t neglect to open up your homes to guests, because by doing this some have been hosts to angels without knowing it. 3 Remember prisoners as if you were in prison with them, and people who are mistreated as if you were in their place. 4 Marriage must be honored in every respect, with no cheating on the relationship, because God will judge the sexually immoral person and the person who commits adultery. 5 Your way of life should be free from the love of money, and you should be content with what you have. After all, he has said, “I will never leave you or abandon you” (see Deut 31:6; Gen 28:15).

O (Observation):  So, the life in Christ looks like hospitality, caring for the neighbor, and not getting caught up in the love of money.   Being content is important, and is possible, since God promises to be with us.  

And this list is just a glimpse into the Kingdom life in Christ.   And also important to note, these are fruits of Kingdom life, not requirements for entry into God’s Kingdom.   We all slip and fall, and repentance is always near.  

A (Application):   White supremacists intend to rally on the square in my town on Oct 28.   What to do? How to show love in the face of discrimination? 

Do we engage?  Ignore?   This has me going in loops.  Where is God in this?  If we engage, violence will likely ensue.   If we don’t engage, are we endorsing or condoning their actions?  

How do we be the presence of God in such a volatile situation?  How do we stand in solidarity with those who have disdain for others?

Well, we can pray.   

P (Prayer):  Lord, watch over us as we discern how to respond to vitriol with hospitality, to return anger with love.   Amen.  

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