Who is your neighbor?
November 10, 2009
…"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart… and your neighbor as yourself."
Who is your neighbor? That was a good question in Jesus' day, and it remains an important one today.
Now, you and I might be tempted to think of a neighbor as someone who lives close to us. But let me challenge your thinking along the lines that Jesus challenged the rich young lawyer in Luke 10.
In his encounter with Jesus, a man asked the Lord, "Who is my neighbor?" He knew he was required to love God and to love his neighbor as himself. So he wanted to know specifically who it was that he was required to love.
But Jesus saw that the man was thinking law, not love. So he told him the story of a Samaritan man who went above and beyond to help a complete stranger whom he found dying along the road to Jericho.
This parable provided the ultimate answer to the question, "Who is your neighbor?" Jesus said that your neighbor is anyone who has a need that you can help meet!
This was a defining moment in the life of the young lawyer, and this new understanding had the power to change his life. Will you let it change yours?
Love God with all your heart, and show his love and kindness to the hurting people around you… your neighbors… wherever you find them.
YOUR NEIGHBOR IS ANYONE WHO HAS A NEED THAT YOU HELP MEET!
OUR THANKS TO YOU!
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