When we hear the phrase “love your neighbor,” we often think of treating others with kindness, compassion, and respect. To be a good human is to “love your neighbor”. But what if that’s not what Jesus meant? What if it’s not a metaphor, but a command to love your actual neighbor? In this video, we see from the Bible what it means to love your neighbor, who your neighbor actually is, and what steps you can take to start doing so.



[LUKE 10:25-37]

“ One day an expert in religious law stood up to test Jesus by asking him this question: “Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus replied, “What does the law of Moses say? How do you read it?”

The man answered, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” “Right!” Jesus told him. “Do this and you will live!”

The man wanted to justify his actions, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus replied with a story: “A Jewish man was traveling from Jerusalem down to Jericho, and he was attacked by bandits. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him up, and left him half dead beside the road.

“By chance a priest came along. But when he saw the man lying there, he crossed to the other side of the road and passed him by. A Temple assistant walked over and looked at him lying there, but he also passed by on the other side. “Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt compassion for him.

Going over to him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. The next day he handed the innkeeper two silver coins, telling him, ‘Take care of this man. If his bill runs higher than this, I’ll pay you the next time I’m here.’

“Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?” Jesus asked. The man replied, “The one who showed him mercy.” Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same.”


So, what’s the point for us today?

First, you need to let go of the idea that YOU can justify YOURSELF to God. It doesn’t work.

Second, consider the Samaritans in your life. These are not the people you are already friends with.


[Luke 6:32-37]

“If you love only those who love you, why should you get credit for that? Even sinners love those who love them! And if you do good only to those who do good to you, why should you get credit? Even sinners do that much! And if you lend money only to those who can repay you, why should you get credit? Even sinners will lend to other sinners for a full return. “Love your enemies! Do good to them. Lend to them without expecting to be repaid. Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for he is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked. You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate.


What if God actually wants you to love your actual neighbor when he tells us to “love your neighbor as you love yourself?


Downloadable Neighbor Card 


What would it look like for you to love your neighbor like that this summer?

  • Throw a block party
  • Offer to help your neighbor with a yard project
  • Mow an elderly neighbor’s yard for them
  • Host a Texas Hold’em event on your back deck


How will they EVER feel God loves them if they NEVER feel loved by YOU?! THIS is what it looks like to love your neighbor as yourself.


Application Questions

  1. What stood out to you from this message and why?
  2. What is one thing God is telling you to START doing because of this message?
  3. What is one thing God is telling you to STOP doing because of this message?
  4. How will this message change how you act at home, at work, and in your relationships?