In Luke 10 we see an expert in the Law ask Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life and Jesus replies ‘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 neighbour as yourself.’ Jesus proceeds to tell the parable of the Good Samaritan.
This event got me thinking, ‘Who is Our Neighbour’? Well of course it is the people we live next door to, but surely it’s more than just them? It’s our friends and relations, it’s our church family, it’s the people in our community. If they are our neighbours, do we treat them like the Good Samaritan treated the beaten up man? Do we tend the bruises and cuts from the world we live in? Do we go out of our way to show them the love of Jesus Christ? Only you will know.
One recent Tuesday night, instead of staying in church praying, a few of us went out and prayed for the businesses that surround the church. I was even able to have a chat with one of the shopkeepers and told him this was what we were going to be doing. I think he was a bit taken aback but, after a moment, asked that we pray for his business and not to forget. We didn’t! We have already seen a difference in the way some of the shopkeepers speak to us and they genuinely seem happier. Praise God!
A young man in the church has been struggling, he is our neighbour. The church family have been amazing in the way they have been able to take him into their homes, look after him and pray for him. In just a few days, I have witnessed a great change in his life and we give God all the glory.
We are coming to that time of year when there will be more visitors in the church than family. They are our neighbours. You never know who is coming in through those doors so a gentle word or greeting can mean so much. Keep your eyes out and continue to show the love of Jesus.
‘Who is my neighbour?’ the man asked Jesus. Over the next few weeks and months ask Him to show you who your neighbour is, too.
God bless you.
Friday 31st of July 2015
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