Christianity isn’t an easy path. Although the Word of God never changes, the world around us continues to do just that, constantly shifting in its moral and cultural norms. At times, the friction of a moving object against an immovable one causes heat, and sometimes that heat gives rise to flame in the form of anger. Dislike, rage, and even malice toward a world that refuses to embrace Christian values is normal and human, but to hold on to those feelings, and, especially to act on them, violates the very edicts of God.
Christ is the healing water poured over the fires of conflict, and remains the best example Christians have of how to deal with those not of the same faith. Rick Rusaw and Brian Mavis’s book, “The Neighboring Church,” teaches readers how to apply the Gospels to the concept of sincerely loving our neighbors—whoever they might be—and cultivating organic relationships with them. Let’s take a look at some of the book’s examples, and go over 7 ways to truly love your neighbor.