Jesus said the greatest commandment was to “Love the LORD your God with all your heart, will all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength” and the “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Mark 12:30-31) When Jesus was asked to identify our neighbor, he responded with a parable telling our neighbor is the person God places in our path (Luke 10:25-37). Our neighbor is more often who God chooses to put in our life, not only who we choose to put in our life. For many of us we spend most of our lives around our family, coworkers, classmates, and friends. But for the past few weeks and foreseeable future, our neighbors are truly our neighbors. Our social spheres are now the people in our house and the people next door to us. The people we are spending our life around are the people who we live around.
Therefore, as we seek to be faithful to Jesus in loving God and love one another, we’ve put together some helpful tips to loving our neighbors well and wisely. But before we go further, please note and know our pastors and staff in no way want to put anyone at risk. We know many of our church family are older, are immunocompromised, have health concerns, and that any one of us could contract the COVID-19 virus. If you, or someone in your household, is at risk please be wise and know we are one body with many members. We do not all serve the same way, and that is the Lord’s design. So please be wise, wash your hands, keep your distance, and serve in the place God has put you.