Unexpected Help

Luke 10:25-37 

Social media and news networks share stories of gunshots, violent behavior, hatred and crimes of various degrees every day.  This has been the trend since the Biblical period and the trend will continue until the end time.  Each day you hear stories of children who have been abused, women attacked, raped or murdered, people robbed of their possessions, etc.  When people witness any of the aforementioned situations, some will stay away or stop to take pictures instead of helping the victim.  The same thing happened in the Biblical era (Luke 10:30-34) where a priest and a Levite saw the wounded man and walked away instead of helping.  Some are people we expect to be good neighbors but they aren’t. 

Who is your neighbor?  Cambridge Dictionary defines Neighbor as: “someone who lives very close to you” Who is my neighbor becomes a natural question to ask and the Bible commands us to Love our neighbor as ourselves (Leviticus 19:18).  We see many religious leaders quoting the Scripture or preaching about love “’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 ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'”  (Matt: 22:36-40). Are they sincere about the message or just a typical example of the Priest and the Levite in Luke 10? 

We must understand that any of our neighbor’s problems is our problem and we must take care of each other.  We must be eager to help others in need either by going above and beyond in providing timely services to people we serve, mentoring, showing love, working together for a common goal, etc. Are you a good neighbor to people around you?  Are you a good Samaritan that is willing to help his/her neighbor?  May we be Christ like in our actions and words.  

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