“But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbor?" Luke 10:29

Child of God, are you a good neighbor?

In this world of road rage, lawsuits, and violence, you have to wonder whatever happened to kindness? It seems that gone are the days when being cordial, polite and courteous was the rule and not the exception. Just as Jesus foretold in Matthew 24:12, “Because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold”, the consequence of sin has eroded our relationships with each other as human beings. We are living in a world where, from our children to our teens to adults, it is ok and acceptable not to care about the wellbeing and good of others. Being mean is not only ok but, often celebrated. Nevertheless, it is in dark times like these, when the light of Christ must shine even brighter among and through those who have committed themselves to following in His footsteps. Now, more than ever,
God needs those who are called by His name, to make the commitment that, no matter how cold the world may get, I am still going to “love my neighbor as I love myself.”

In this familiar incident captured in Luke 10:25-37, Jesus not only informs us as to what is most important to God for us to inherit eternal life but, he gives us a vivid illustration of how to fulfill what God is asking of us. In essence, Jesus says, who your neighbor is isn’t as important as being a neighbor. It is all about showing love, compassion and mercy to everyone. That’s what being a good neighbor is about. For the Christian, it means being mindful of the needs of those around us who are hurting spiritually, mentally and physically and being motivated to do something to alleviate their suffering. That’s a good neighbor.

When you consider the people whose path God allows you to cross, don’t be as those who are unconcerned about those who are hurting in your world. Don’t just “pass by on the other side” when it is within your power to do something to alleviate your neighbors suffering. Don’t be as those who see others in need but choose only to point the finger of pity and blame at those who are victims of Satan’s devices. While it may be true that you cannot help everybody, it is true that you can help somebody. The key to being a good neighbor is to learn how to have compassion for others especially those who have been stripped, wounded and left for dead by the enemy.

Child of God, never forget the compassion and mercy Christ showed for you when you were dead in your trespasses and sins and the sacrifice or lengths he went through to save you. If we keep in memory the cross and what God has done for us, we will be more apt and ready to show that same compassion and mercy to those around us. Just like the Samaritan, be aware of those around you who are hurting, have compassion and do what you can to let the love of God work in you and through you so you can be a good neighbor and inherit eternal life.

WEEKLY CHALLENGE: Read Luke 10:25-37. Do you have “neighbors” (people) around you who are hurting? Ask God to help you develop a compassionate heart for those who are suffering and the wisdom and discernment needed to show them the love of God by the things you do.

By Anthony Campbell

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