Like a Good Neighbor


“Keep on loving each other as brothers and sisters. Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it! Remember those in prison, as if you were there yourself. Remember also those being mistreated, as if you felt their pain in your own bodies. Give honor to marriage, and remain faithful to one another in marriage. God will surely judge people who are immoral and those who commit adultery. Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, 'I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.' So we can say with confidence, 'The Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?'" - Hebrews 13:1-6

All of us have at one time or another heard the jingle, "Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there." It's a jingle that catches my attention each time the commercial airs, but I find myself wishing it said instead, "Like a good neighbor, Christians are there!"

Are you one who loves unconditionally? It's hard to answer, if we haven't been pressed on what it means to be neighborly. Let me illustrate with a 9/11 story.

When US airspace was closed after the September 11, 2001, attacks, planes had to land at the closest airport available. Nearly 40 planes landed in Gander, Newfoundland. Suddenly this small Canadian community almost doubled in size when thousands of frightened passengers arrived. People opened their homes, and officials converted high schools, lodges, churches, and meeting halls into places to stay. Stranded passengers were overwhelmed with neighborly generosity and kindness.

The people of Gander showed the kind of love described in Hebrews 13:2, "Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.". This is probably referring to Abraham when he entertained three men who came to tell him that he would soon have a son. (Gen. 18:1-16) Two of the “men” were angels, and one was the Angel of the Lord.

Bible commentator F. F. Bruce says about Abraham, “Among the Jews, Abraham was regarded as outstanding for his hospitality as [he was] for his other virtues; a true son of Abraham must be hospitable too.”

God calls believers to show their love and gratefulness for Him by being good neighbors. By showing hospitality and compassion.

So, I will ask it again, "Are you one who loves unconditionally?" Are you a neighhbor? How will you answer His call today?


How many lives will I touch today?
How many neighbors will pass my way?
I can bless so many and help so much,
If I meet each one with a Christlike touch.

You think your word or deed is very small,
That what you say will hardly count at all;
But God can take the seed that you have sown,
And nourish it until it’s fully grown. — Our Daily Bread

Loving Lord, help me to be like Abraham, always hospitable. Help me to understand that when I care for your children, I care for You! Amen
Sep 11 2018