The parable of the good Samaritan is, perhaps, one of the parables of Jesus which I know best. It was no surprise, therefore, when I thought of this prompt, “Neighbor,” that this parable came to mind. But as I reflected on it, I saw that Jesus told the parable in response to a lawyer, who, in reaction to Jesus’ statement, “You shall love the Lord your God will all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself,” tried to justify himself by asking, “Who is my neighbor?”
Justify ourselves. We have all done that but that tactic is a futile one with the Father. He sees through it and teaches us what we need to know. As Jesus did in this case. By the time He was through, He had defined neighbor in a manner that made it clear that we never have an excuse to not help someone in need. And the needs are great in our world. But we do not need to be overwhelmed. We all can help. Because even a small effort can make a significant difference in someone’s life. *
Day 18 of the 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes challenge. Today’s prompt is “Neighbor.”
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