LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR
Luke 10:25 And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?
Luke 10:26 He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou?
Luke 10:27 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.
Luke 10:28 And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.
Luke 10:29 But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?
Luke 10:30 And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.
Luke 10:31 And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
Luke 10:32 And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.
Luke 10:33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,
Luke 10:34 And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
Luke 10:35 And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.
Luke 10:36 Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?
Luke 10:37 And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.
Brothers, Jesus teaches us here that we are to love our neighbor as ourselves. We are to have compassion on our neighbor who is in need. The Samaritan did not know the wounded man. The man did not live next door to the Samaritan. They were not friends nor even acquaintances. Notice that Jesus interpreted the Samaritans act of compassion as love for his neighbor.
Brothers, we are to have compassion, which is love for those that we find ourselves standing next to. Those people that we meet along the road of life. It could be on our job, in line at the grocery store, on the side of the road in need as we travel, these are our neighbors, Jesus said.
We can not just say that we love the Lord with all of our heart, and we love the Lord with all of our souls, and we love the Lord with all of our strength, and we love the Lord with all of our mind, and then not consider the people that we come in contact with each day as our neighbor. The Bible tells us in the book of James 2:10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.
Do you see that we must love both the Lord our God and love our neighbors as ourselves. Brothers, there are so many Christians who don't even love their brothers in Christ Jesus much less the strangers that they meet each day.
Ask the Holy Spirit of God to remind you to have love for your neighbors each and every time that you leave home. He will quicken your spirit and you will know when your neighbor is in need. Help him, have compassion for him, just love him as Jesus has commanded us to do.
Then and only then will you find the peace in your own life that Jesus intended for you to have and that God gives in abundance by His great grace. Walk in love my brothers in Christ Jesus.
God Bless you my brothers,