What a simple but profound question. What does it mean to be a neighbor?
In Matthew 22 :37-40 Jesus said, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
The Webster Dictionary definition of neighbor is “one living or located near another.” It’s all about proximity. Sometimes you don’t have a choice who your neighbors are.
When Jesus was asked, “what does it mean to be a neighbor?” his definition was a little bit different than the one found in Webster. Jesus answered with a story. He shared about the Samaritan who helped the hurt man. Rescued him, took care of his wounds, found a safe place for him. Had mercy on him.
It is safe to say that geographically, politically, socially and culturally these two men were not neighbors in the “Webster” definition way. Being a neighbor became a choice. One person willing to invest in the life of another person based for no reason other than mercy. Simply caring about him.
People are looking for help and healing. You might not hear them utter the words, but in their hearts they are wondering, “Will YOU be my neighbor?”
Love your neighbor, care for your neighbor and above all show them mercy. That will make it a truly beautiful day in the neighborhood!
I grew up watching Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood (and now my kids watch Daniel Tiger). What a legacy and lifetime of using television to teach us all how to simply be better neighbors. Engage Media Partners is so excited to be a part of bringing “A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood” to theaters on November 22. This film will inspire you to be more like the neighbor Jesus calls us to be. Check out the trailer here: https://www.abeautifulday.movie/videos/
Jason Ellerbrook – President and Owner – Engage Media Partners