One of the nation’s well-known brands, Bisto, carried out some research and found that 35% of British people don’t feel their neighbourhood has a good community spirit, and 50% don’t know the names of their neighbours. But, despite the findings, 43% want their neighbourhood to have a stronger community spirit. The Bisto Together Project has an aim to encourage the nation to open their doors, to help trust grow and communities flourish.
I am sure we can all identify with these findings, as we likely live in communities full of lonely people who deeply value a helping hand, a cheerful conversation and a loving act. Kosuke Koyama, a Japanese theologian, said
"People are not always interested in our Christology but from time to time they show an interest in our neighbourology".
I believe Jesus understood that when he talked about the second most important commandment, which is to love your neighbour as yourself.
God’s love is a gift to us, it’s in us, and as followers of Jesus we are called to release it to others through words and actions. I believe it is key to keep the God-kind of life flowing through us. If left dormant, it will stagnate like a pool of water with no outlet.
The act of loving others is one of the most exhilarating things. It stirs our spirit and soul when we plan to do something to make someone else feel loved and cared for without expecting anything in return. May we be people that love out loud and experience what Proverbs 11:10 says
"When right living people bless the city, it flourishes".