Our neighbor is anyone in need

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Tuesday, October 8, 2019

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Today’s scripture reading:

[Our neighbor is anyone in need.]

From the illustration we learn these principles about loving our neighbor: (1) Lack of love is often easy to justify, even though it is never right; 2) our neighbor is anyone of any race, creed, or social background who is in need, and (3) love means acting to meet the person’s need. Wherever you live, there are needy people close by. There is no good reason for refusing to help. (NLT)

Luke 10:25-37 – One day an expert in religious law stood up to test Jesus by asking him this question: “Teacher, what must I do to receive eternal life?”

Jesus replied, “What does the law of Moses say? How do you read it?’

The man answered, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

“Right!” Jesus told him. “Do this and you will live!”

The man wanted to justify his actions, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

Jesus replied with an illustration: “A Jewish man was traveling on a trip from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he was attacked by bandits. They stripped him of his clothes and money, beat him up, and left him half dead beside the road.

“By chance a Jewish priest came along; but when he saw the man lying there, he crossed to the other side of the road and passed him by. A temple assistant walked over and looked at him lying there, but he also passed by on the other side.

“Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt deep pity.   Kneeling beside him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with medicine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. The next day he handed the innkeeper two pieces of silver and told him to take care of the man. ‘If his bill runs higher than that,’ he said, ‘I’ll pay the difference the next time I am here.’

“Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?” Jesus asked.

The man replied, “The one who showed him mercy.”

Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same.”

Quoted verse: Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. – 1 John 3:18 (NIV)

“Story” – Geraldine Nicholas (Alberta, Canada) titled her story “WHO IS MY NIEGHBOR?” Here is Geraldine’s story:

“While I was driving out of a mall parking lot, a frantic young woman rapped on my car window. She pleaded, ‘Could you help me? I recently moved here and came for a job interview this morning. Now my car won’t start, and I don’t know what to do. I’m staying with my brother and have been trying to call him, but he’s not answering.’ I asked where her brother lived and she replied, ‘It’s about 20 minutes away. I don’t have any money to pay for a taxi.’

“I had an appointment, but I felt that I couldn’t leave her stranded. I offered to give her money for a taxi. She dabbed her eyes and accepted gratefully.

“While driving away I prayed for that young woman and remembered Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan. The scribe’s question was, ‘Who is my neighbor?” Most of us think of our neighbors as the people who live next door. According to Jesus, our neighbor is anyone we meet who is in need and whom we can help, no matter how dissimilar we are. As we show kindness to those in need, we demonstrate our love for God.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – I express my love for God when I show kindness to my neighbors.

Prayer: Gracious God, open our eyes and our hearts to our neighbors in need. May each act of kindness be an expression of our love for you. Amen.

Prayer Focus: SOMEONE WHO NEEDS MY HELP

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