“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”
Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 22:36-40
Day 25 of 40: At the time this gospel was written the word neighbor was understood to be every single person you encounter throughout your day, not your literal neighbor next door. We know this because of the story of the Good Samaritan and Jesus’ question at the end, who was the neighbor?
This is the most common area people associate evangelism with: new people. All we have to do is look to the story of the Good Samaritan to know how we should treat everyone. The story is about a persecuted person helping the persecutor. Do we help our persecutors at the expense of our resources, time, and money? If you are a priest and have a person publicly persecuting you at your church, do you rebuke him or welcome the persecution the way David did with Shimei (2 Samuel 16:5-13). This may be one of the hardest things for a spiritual leader to do: respond with love to those who attack us. It is much easier to rebuke, ignore, or discredit the attack.