Virtually nobody will argue with the thought that Jesus wants us to love our neighbor. The questions we need to answer are things like “why don’t I love my neighbor?” or “what would it look like if I did love my neighbor?” or “how can I find the motivation to actually love my neighbor?”
In your group, go around the circle and talk about how many of your actual neighbors you know by name. What barriers exist to developing real relationships?
Where is your heart cold? Where do not love your neighbor due to pride, fear, or a false sense of identity?
Think about the gospel in terms of Jesus being our true neighbor. How does this provide a right motivation for us to love our neighbors? If we lack this true motivation, how can our efforts to love our neighbors go awry?
What practical steps do you need to take to truly love your neighbors? Your family? Your group?
Pray by name for those neighbors that you do know. Pray for God to open doors to get to know, love, and serve those in your immediate vicinity.
Pray that we would represent God well as we share the abundant grace of Jesus with those in our neighborhoods who have yet to come to know him.