There is something amazing about learning the concept of loving people. We can only have the power to love with God’s love through the power of the Holy Spirit. Mark 12:31 says, “The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

The word “neighbor” is derived from the Greek word, plēsion meaning "near, neighboring.” This means that we are called to love anyone who is near to us. This could be a co-worker, a family member, or someone at the cash register at the grocery store. Today however, I want to take the literal focus of this verse and ask, are we loving our neighbors?

Dawne Gee from Wave 3 News performed research and found, “Nearly 1 in 6 people dont know any of their neighbors’ names. Rising to a quarter (26%) for millennials. People who live in apartments are the least likely to know their neighbors name, with 21% answering they dont know any of their names.”

Over the past few months my husband and I have had the honor of living next to some really incredible neighbors. On one side is a wonderful couple in their early thirties who have a love for gardening and their dog Buddy. On the other side is the sweetest family from overseas who have two adorable kids and such hospitality.

A lot of times in the Christian community the phrase “mission-field” is used to describe an intentional focus on sharing the gospel. This concept is not just for the professional ministers or full-time missionaries, this is for every believer. Our neighborhoods and apartment complexes are aching for the truth of Christ. I recently heard an incredible song by Casting Crowns called, “Start Right Here.” These lyrics encapsulate the message of Mark 12:31 so well.