Reflection Questions on Loving Your Neighbor: Following a Just and Compassionate God:
1. Describe the difference between viewing yourself as the main character in your story in comparison to viewing yourself as a representative of God in someone else’s story that He is writing. Are there specific people whose stories God is calling you to enter into as their loving neighbor?
2. Where in Scripture do you see God rise to the defense of the vulnerable? (cf. Psalm 146:7, 9; Psalm 72:12-14; Proverbs 22:22-23; Deuteronomy 10:17-19)
3. Justice toward our neighbors in the Bible can be summarized as (1) upholding the same rule of law regardless of social status, wealth, and power, and (2) advocating for the rights of people who are vulnerable to injustice. Are there certain groups of people in our times that are vulnerable to exploitation and injustice?
4. What are some issues in our world today that would fall under the category of “doing justice” (Micah 6:8)? Why is it important to view calls for justice in relation to God’s righteousness and compassion (Proverbs 21:3; Zechariah 7:9-10)?
5. How should Jesus’ love and sacrifice for us when we were unworthy and powerless affect motivation, or lack of motivation, to love our neighbors (especially the least of these)? Discuss David Platt’s statement: “We care for [the least of these] not because we are rescuers, but because we are the rescued.”
6. What is your next step in loving your neighbors as yourself by caring for them holistically–physically, relationally, and most importantly spiritually?