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How To Love Your Neighbor

How do you "love your neighbor" when you do not like the person? It is more challenging to love that person in a Christ-like way. How do you do it? Do you pray about it until you feel better toward them or do you just treat them as Christ would with no change to your personal feelings?

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 ---melissa on 7/12/06
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This isn't easy. Here's what works for me. I realize I don't have love for the person but God does. So I ask God to give me His love for the person. I may not feel the love but I can show the love by what I would or would not do to this neighbor. God gets the credit.
---john on 1/1/08

It is amazing how that works. We all need to grow in our love walk. I really do not understand it alot. God's love manifest's in His people and there is no other way that you can love your enemies, which, by the way, separates the unbelievers from the believers.
---catherine on 3/16/07

Often you have to allow God to love that person through you.
You may not like the way a person acts (I have one nosey neighbor like that) but I speak to him and am polite, pray for him and quite frankly try to avoid him.
---NV_Barbara on 3/16/07

loving someone that has done good to you is something that sinners do often, but to love someone that has done you ill, takes an understanding of what we have done to God to prompt us into understanding we are no good ourselves yet we are blessed, yet he feeds and looks after us yet he has given us salvation endless list of our ungreatfulness. So how easy is it to NOW love your neighbour.
---Carla5754 on 7/28/06

I agree with Donna. When you can get past looking at behaviors and appearance and see that there is a hollow heart crying out to be filled with God, then you have started tapping into love. We can then believe God that their hearts will be opened to receive Jesus instead of focusing on meeting their physical or emotional needs ourselves. My personal vision is to see people made whole spirit, soul, and body and not separate and minister to just one part of man.
---Linda6563 on 7/13/06

Read the story of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10, where Jesus shows our compassion for others (neighbors) is not to be based on judgments we make about whether they merit our kindness. When the World stops keeping score it will be a much better place to live, and love.
---Geraldine on 7/13/06

Post # 2- the conclusion to Post #1 by Donna9759:
If you can look at their heart and not their outward actions, you will have compassion for them and LOVE them with God's love.
---Donna9759 on 7/13/06

Post 1 of 2: melissa, you do it by faith. Meaning you make a decision to love them, and then tell God to make those feelings real. God desires truth in the innermost being. Tell him why you don't like that person, then ask God to give you LOVE in your heart for them. If you are an advanced Christian, you will understand to look upon thier heart and see maybe they are hurting which is what is making them bitter, or they're angry because they were abandoned by a parent.
---Donna9759 on 7/13/06

Just what do you think love is? Have you read I Cor 13?

Consider: Romans 5:8, "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
---Bruce5656 on 7/13/06

I understand your question very well. I believe neighbor is speaking of everyone around us in general. You know what gets in your mind will be in your heart. Be nice to everyone. You don't have to like what they do, but you can like them. Maybe they have something you haven't seen that is good. You don't have to be friends, but be nice.
---shira on 7/13/06

I personally see them as a way to have my love and faith strengthened and pray for them and honestly hope that the Lord would bless them. How I feel towards them has to be secondary as obedience to love them which hate you and pray for them that persecute you and despitefully use you must come first. He must increase and I must decrease and if God uses them so be it.
---Shari on 7/13/06

If someone makes it difficult to love them, I usually love myself. In other words, remain prayrful, search myself concerning the problem, If possible include the other person
If all else fails, attempt to avoid situations that may cause an unpleasant reaction from either of you, speak/wave/be pleasant, and available for reconciliation. As unto the Lord
We're not always going to like everyone.
Unfortunately situations like this almost always affect our personal feelings. Give it to the lord.
---lynet on 7/13/06

Love is patient, love is kind, love is gentle. Isn't there a chapter in I Corinthians called the "Love chapter" read that it may help.
---Ryan on 7/13/06

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