Jesus said we are meant to love our neighbor, and illustrated what a “neighbor” is by telling the story of the Good Samaritan. Loving your neighbor means serving the good that is in every person. So refocus on loving your neighbor by (1) prayerfully examining your daily occupation to see how you can better serve the good in others, and (2) participating in some form of community service in the coming month.
Love is something you do. That means there are specific things you can do to be more loving, and thus experience more love in your life. Therefore be intentional about loving others, and take active steps to become better at it, so you can increase the total happiness in the world.
Listen to part 2 of The Love Secrets, “Love Your Neighbor”:
Here are the readings from “Love Your Neighbor”:
And behold, a lawyer stood up to put [Jesus] to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”
He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?”
And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”
And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.”
But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’ Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?”
He said, “The one who showed him mercy.”
And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.”
True Christian Religion 417, 418
Loving Our Neighbor Is Not in Fact Loving the Person, but Loving the Goodness That Is Inside the Person
Surely everyone knows that people are not people because they have a human face and body – they are people because they have wisdom in their intellect and goodness in their will. The higher the quality of this wisdom and goodness, the more human the people are….
The reason goodness is our neighbor is that goodness belongs to our will and the will is the underlying reality of our life. Truth is our neighbor, too, but only to the extent that it emanates from something good in our will. Goodness that belongs to the will takes shape in our intellect and visibly presents itself there in the light of reason.
…Loving goodness in another person from goodness in ourselves is genuine love for our neighbor. In that situation the two goodnesses embrace and form a partnership.