Lord knows what kind of neighbors we all have. Should I really? Love my neighbor! Why? Which one of my neighbors anyway? Loving you neighbor in 2019 is not as simple as it used to be in 30AD. Honestly.
I bet Jesus had the best neighbors in the world, hence he could just say “love thy neighbor” with such command and confidence. Then again when you read the Bible, he never stayed in one place long enough to build relationships with his neighbors. How could he possibly know what having neighbors 24/7 is like?
For example, I currently live next-door to an apartment building full of teenagers and early twenties youth (approximately aged between 18 & 25 and about 60 or so in number). There are times when all I want to do is sleep and all they want to do is party loudly. Sometimes I want to enjoy their music but they are nowhere to be found. There are times when they just join in unison in playful loud activities and all I want to do is bury myself in books in the comfort of my room. Do I love them? Like any stranger loves the next stranger, I guess. But does loving the neighbors mean I have to agree with their tendencies or them with mine? Absolutely not. We are different. Different behaviors and taste in what makes life good for us.
Some neighbors love each other dearly, some don’t even know each others names. So then what did Jesus mean? He simply meant what he had said before, “love one another as I have loved you”. Simply for us to show human courtesy. He was asking us to be able to say “please”, “thank you” and “sorry” to one another when necessary. You don’t have to know me to say “sorry” when you step on my foot accidentally. Or to say “thank you” for a compliment or assistance.
There is really no need to by flowers for all the strangers you meet just to show your love. Just be polite. Treat everyone the same way you would like to be treated, period.