Thou shalt love thyneighbour.
“Love thy neighbour.” Perhaps he rolls in riches, and thou art poor,
and living in thy little cot side-by-side with his lordly mansion;
thou seest every day his estates, his fine linen, and his sumptuous
banquets; God has given him these gifts, covet not his wealth, and
think no hard thoughts concerning him.
Be content with thine own lot, if thou canst not better it, but do not
look upon thy neighbour, and wish that he were as thyself. Love him,
and then thou wilt not envy him.
Mayhap, on the other hand, thou art rich, and near thee reside the
poor. Do not scorn to call them neighbour. Own that thou art bound to
The world calls them thy inferiors. In what are they inferior? They
are far more thine equals than thine inferiors, for “God hath made of
one blood all people that dwell upon the face of the earth.” It is thy
coat which is better than theirs, but thou art by no means better than
they. They are men, and what art thou more than that?
Take heed that thou love thy neighbour even though he be in rags, or
sunken in the depths of poverty. But, perhaps, you say, “I cannot love
my neighbours, because for all I do they return ingratitude and
contempt.” So much the more room for the heroism of love.
Wouldst thou be a feather-bed warrior, instead of bearing the rough
fight of love? He who dares the most, shall win the most; and if rough
be thy path of love, tread it boldly, still loving thy neighbours
through thick and thin. Heap coals of fire on their heads, and if they
be hard to please, seek not to please them, but to please thy Master;
and remember if they spurn thy love, thy Master hath not spurned it,
and thy deed is as acceptable to Him as if it had been acceptable to
Love thy neighbor, for in so doing thou art following the footsteps of Christ.