Are You A Neighbor?

Dear Praying Friends,

Thank you for praying with us for our prodigals and revival. 

The Bible has a lot to say about our neighbors: who they are, what they’re like, what they need, how they should be treated, etc. But it is also concerned that we are acting like neighbors. The story in Luke ten helps us understand.

A certain expert in the law of God came to Jesus with the intention of tripping Him and asked a very important question, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” Since he was a man of the law, Jesus asked him, “What does the law say?” To which he replied, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” Jesus said, “Good answer, go and do it and you will live.” The lawyer was offended and wanted to justify himself, revealing his self-righteous heart, and asked, “Who is my neighbor?”

Jesus then told the story about the man who got robbed, beaten, and left for dead. The priest didn’t care, the Levite didn’t want to get his hands dirty, but the Samaritan stopped and did what was necessary to help. Jesus then reversed this man’s original question and asked him, “Who was the neighbor to this wounded man?” He responded, “The one who showed him mercy.” Again he got the answer right, and Jesus sa