So this is the last blog of the year and on our series Love your Neighbor. But that doesn’t mean its done. No now it starts for some of us and for some of us it keeps going. When Jesus gave the command to love our neighbor He did not put a time limit on it. No this is something we are called to for the rest of our lives. Just think if the disciples would have stopped loving their neighbor what would have happened. The world would probably look different today.
God wants to partner with each one of us in transforming this world. Yes he could do it himself, no problem, but in relationship you want to partner with the other person. So we have to do our part. And we often ask God the question what should I do when we already received the answer Love your neighbor! SO what about if we make this all our theme for the year 2018. The world will start to look different. Our communities start to look more hopeful and we start having a stronger bound which holds us together. The crime rates will go down because we watch out for our neighbor, but not just that by loving our neighbor we can help prevent crime by helping people make better choices.
SO instead of putting our trust in politics, money or whatever we look for to bring change, let’s love our neighbor and bring the love of Jesus and with that change. With that we wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year
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Christmas is here and might be already gone by the time you read this blog. We probably already ate our wonderful Christmas dinner with neighbors and had a wonderful time. Our last week before Christmas was busy like usual, but we had time to spend time with friends from the community for a lunch or have a potluck with our church small group. What a blessing it is. Now we are starting to plan for the new year and all things ahead. Jen and I have a tradition to pray at the end of the year for words for the new year. We also look back at the ones we got for the last year and see how God moved through them and how they came to pass. We want to encourage you to pray for your new year and let God give you words for your new year.
Now its almost been a year since God put it on our heart to write for a full year on the topic love your neighbor. We really hope you got encouraged, challenged and empowered through reading through the different ones.
Starting with your motives and why you want to love your neighbor to prayer and also dealing with things that might hold you back in loving your neighbor. We talked about the importance of your giftings and how you can help others. Encouragment and community also were a big thing especially in being interdependent with your neighbors. We talked about how small things can make a difference and different ways on how you can have people over through hospitality. One week reminded us of the most important thing, love! We also touched challenges with time and how to fix that. And then of course we talked about the importance of showing the love you have for Jesus through the way you live your life.
This was just touching a few of the points we talked about. If you didn’t get a chance to read them all they are all saved under the category Love your neighbor. But more important than reading them is to let them become a part of your life. Let the things they talk about inspire you to bring hope and change to the place you live. Be one of the lights that Jesus talks about in Matthew 5.14-16 to your neighbors. Make that area shine and stick out so people can see the love of God in a new way. Its so simple that each one of us can do it. So if you haven’t started, today is a perfect day for it!! And one thing that really helps is if you surround yourself with a group of people that want to join you in their own areas so you can encourage each other! It really helps!
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Wow Christmas is only 1 week away. That is crazy to believe but in some way its easy to believe since we had so many Christmas parties we attended. As more you are connected with your community as more you are a part of things that are going on. We also had a day of baking to bless neighbors with a card and a home baked specialty. It was something so simple, but it brought so much joy to so many. I also had my last mentoring meetup for this year. Its amazing to see how a young person can grow if you invest some of your time and love. Also through that he became part of our family! Maybe there is someone in your neighborhood that needs a mentor or an encourager. You should find them and do it!
Remember that loving your neighbor is easy, you just have to do it!