When we see opportunities to help someone, only to benefit ourselves, to get something back in return, we are saying; “I am my neighbor”. We’re only thinking about ourselves. This is not an act of kindness. We have eyes, but they only see inward.
We are to love our neighbors as ourselves. When our eyes are focused on someone else’s needs, without wanting anything in return, we show mercy, compassion, and grace towards them. We are loving our neighbor.
If you find yourself stumbling, ask yourself; “are my eyes turned outside in?”.
Am I my neighbor?
Matthew 19:19 (KJV) – honor thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.