Yesterday I watched the documentary, Won’t You Be My Neighbor. For those that didn’t grow up in the US, it is a behind the scenes look at the creator & star of PBS’s Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, Fred Rogers.
He had planned to go to seminary when God took his ministry & his life in a whole new & unexpected direction. This groundbreaking children’s show ran for 31 seasons. Fred used the show not just to entertain but to tackle tough issues like divorce, assassination & racism head-on in ways that children could understand.
It could be said the Fred Roger’s entire life was about loving others. I think he would have liked the song “You Don’t Love God If You Don’t Love Your Neighbor”.
The Bible has quite a lot to say about loving others.
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. – John 13:34 NKJV
Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; – Romans 12:10 NKJV
with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, – Ephesians 4:2 NKJV
And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, – Hebrews 10:24
One other note about Mr. Roger’s, his favorite number was 143. Do you want to know why? There is 1 letter in “I”, 4 letters in “LOVE” & 3 letters in “YOU”.