“You will be doing the right thing if you obey the law of the Kingdom, which is found in the scripture, “Love your neighbor as you love yourself.”
(James 2:8 GNT)

The neighbor is the person who God has set before us in our context of life.
God is summoning the world into a relationship with himself and also into relation with the neighbor. God actually became the neighbor to his own creation in the incarnation of Jesus. Therefore people became the neighbor to God and are expected to act as neighbor to fellow humans. People were not created in isolation. To be human is to be consciously aware of social encounters with someone else. To deny the neighbor is to deny God.(1) God demands us to treat our neighbor rightly. God’s great love for us should flow through us to our neighbor.

(1)Ray S Anderson, The Shape of Practical Theology: Empowering Ministry with Theological Praxis. Denver: InterVarsity Press, 2006, Chp 9