Neighbor is the #FiveMinuteFriday word for this week. Usually what comes to mind is someone who lives near you. In blogging linkups we often refer to the person next to us as our neighbors. Nearness seems to have a lot to do with the word neighbor, but is that all it means?
What about the law expert who asked Jesus the question, “Who is my neighbor?”
What was the answer Jesus gave him? Jesus decided to tell a story. To those who are familiar it is the story of the good Samaritan. You can read the entire story in Luke 10:25-37.
In it is a man who was beaten, robbed, stripped and left for dead. A couple of religious men passed by, saw him but did nothing. A Samaritan, an outcast, stopped to help. He treated his wounds and took him to an inn where he could be given care. He also left money with the inn keeper and said when he returned he would pay whatever else was needed.
WHO ARE OUR NEIGHBORS?
Then Jesus posed the question right back to the law expert. He asked him, “Who was the neighbor?”
The man replied that it was the person who showed mercy. Afterward Jesus told him to go and do the same. May God help us to be good neighbors to all He puts in our path, whether we live near or far.
SOME THOUGHTS FROM SCRIPTURE:
Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people,
especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,
when it is in your power to act.
Do not say to your neighbor,
“Come back tomorrow and I’ll give it to you”—
when you already have it with you.
Do not plot harm against your neighbor,
who lives trustfully near you.
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
What do you think? How can we be good neighbors?