Our “neighbor” is defined as every other living human being. To me, it seemed impossible to love someone who may be a cause of great harm to someone until I heard a theologian define love as “willing the good for someone.” I began willing the good for those persons I found impossible to love, praying that it might help them.
I keep learning ways to love my neighbor by how I am treated by others. Coming out of a hospital after an appointment, I could not find my car in the parking garage. At the top of the third level ramp where I had parked was another car! A woman walking by noticed my alarm and said, “It’s so hard to tell which level you park on. Let’s walk down and see if it is right below this.” It was! I felt so compassionately cared for by this “neighbor.” I now know I can give a loving response to this commandment by helping strangers.
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