Loving Our Neighbors

December 30, 2021 • Kurt Selles

How do we love our neighbors?

Jesus reminds us that the first and greatest commandment is to Love God and that the second is to Love our neighbors (Matthew 22:37-39). In North America today, where everything seems paradoxically increasingly individualized and multicultural, the importance of loving our neighbors is as urgent as ever.

This month’s devotions offer insight for loving our neighbors as Jesus taught and showed by example. We’ll see how Jesus and the Bible define the word neighbor, and we’ll reflect on the diversity of neighborhoods where Jesus taught and healed. We will also focus on Jesus moving into our own neighborhoods and relationships.

We have two authors this month. Al Mulder served as a church pastor in Kansas, Utah, and New Mexico and in ministry roles with denominational missions in North America. He is a member of Madison Square Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Al and Joanna Meyer, both widowed, married in 2020. Together they have eight children, 19 grandchildren, and 22 great grandchildren.

Bonny Mulder-Behnia began work in ministry after a career in journalism. While serving on staff at Madison Square Church, Grand Rapids, and later at Rosewood Church in Bellflower, California, she completed seminary training and is now a co-pastor at Rosewood Church. Bonny is married to Jahangir Behnia and has two children and one grandchild.

As father and daughter, Al and Bonny have a shared passion for multicultural ministry. Their initials (AM and BMB) indicate which meditations they have written for the month of January.

May these devotions inspire and challenge us to love and serve our neighbors and one another, becoming more like Jesus, who came to love and serve us. And may you be refreshed, refocused, and renewed in God’s Word!

Begin with day one of Loving Our Neighbors here or download the full PDF.

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