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Top Bible Verses about Neighbors

Proverbs 14:21

He who despises his neighbor is a sinner, but he who has mercy on the poor blesses him. Read Proverbs 14:21
Matthew 22:37–38

Matthew 22:34–39

Now when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they assembled at the same place. And one of them, a legal expert, put a question to him to test him: “Teacher, which commandment is greatest in the law?” And he said to him, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ Read Matthew 22:34–39

Luke 10:25–37

And behold, a certain legal expert stood up to test him, saying, “Teacher, what must I do so that I will inherit eternal life?” And he said to him, “What is written in the law? How do you read it?” And he answered and said, “You shall love the Lord your God from all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” And he said to him, “You have answered correctly. Do this and you will live.” But he, wanting to justify himself, … Read Luke 10:25–37

Romans 13:8–10

Owe nothing to anyone, except to love one another, for the one who loves someone else has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, you shall not commit murder, you shall not steal, you shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, are summed up in this statement: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does not commit evil against a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. Read Romans 13:8–10
James 4:12

James 4:12

There is one lawgiver and judge who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor? Read James 4:12

Famous Christian Quotes About Neighbors

What a Person’s Attitude Toward Others Shows

If a man is gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world, and that his heart is no island cut off from other lands, but a continent that joins to them. If he is compassionate towards the afflictions of others, it shows that his heart is like the noble tree that is wounded itself when it gives the balm. If he easily pardons and remits offences, it shows that his mind is planted above injuries; so that he cannot be shot. If he is thankful for small benefits, it shows that he weighs men’s minds, and not their trash. But above all, if he has St. Paul’s perfection, that he would wish to be anathema from Christ for the salvation of his brothers, it shows much of a divine nature, and a kind of conformity with Christ himself.

Francis Bacon

What It Means to Imitate God

Do not wonder that a person is able to be an imitator of God. He is able, if God wills it. For in not oppressing one’s neighbors, and to not desire to have even more than the weaker ones, and not being rich and compelling those more inferior, is being happy, and in these things no one is able to imitate God but these things are outside the majesty of that one. But whoever takes up the burden of his neighbor, who wishes to do good to another who is worse off in that he is better off, who having received the things from God, he holds on to these things, providing to those in need. He becomes a god to those who receive them; this one is an imitator of God.

Epistle to Diognetus

Physically Together and Spiritually Together

It is but right that, if we are corporally drawn together, we dwell together spiritually also. For it is of no avail that the same walls encompass us if difference of will separate us—since God regards rather unity of mind than of dwelling. Behold, we are a number of individuals under one roof, with different ways of acting, different hearts, different wills: all which one intention and one love of God must weld together in unity. We must therefore, in this matter, be of a single mind and a single will, that we may give our service to God and love God with our whole heart and with our whole soul and our neighbor as ourselves.

Hugh of St. Victor
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