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June 24, 2020

Who is My Neighbor?

“But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, who is my neighbor?” (Luke 10:29)

During Jesus’ day, the Bible’s admonition, “Love your neighbor as yourself” was well known. Jesus Himself referred to it as the second greatest commandment, after the greatest commandment, “love the Lord your God with all your heart” (see Matthew 22:34-40). In fact, Jesus said that all the other commandments “hang on these two.” So, there is no doubt that neighbor loving is essential.

But, in Luke 10, Jesus’ question drilled down to the crux of the commandment, “who is my neighbor?”  He seemed to realize that some people are pretty easy to love and some not so much. In fact, some people hate us. Surely God does not expect us to love them?

In answer, Jesus told a story, the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37). In this parable, a robbed and injured man was rescued, at great cost, by a passerby who was racially and socially hated – a Samaritan. This hated Samaritan treated the abused man as his neighbor. Then Jesus said, “go and be like him.”

My neighbor is anyone I can help – anyone. Ethnic differences do not matter. Social distinctions are not important. Anyone out there who needs my help is my neighbor and my Heavenly Father says, love him/her as you love yourself.

Question: Who do you find it hard to love? (Never forget they are neighbors!)

Challenge: Look past barriers and see needs, then we will know how to practice neighbor love.

Prayer: Dear Jesus, I need Your eyes to see people like You see them. Show me how to love them like You love them.

Dude Garrett, Chapel Leader -- Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks

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