GS – Loving our neighbors

From The Message

Luk 10:25  Just then a religion scholar stood up with a question to test Jesus. “Teacher, what do I need to do to get eternal life?” Luk 10:26  He answered, “What’s written in God’s Law? How do you interpret it?” Luk 10:27  He said, “That you love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and muscle and intelligence–and that you love your neighbor as well as you do yourself.” Luk 10:28  “Good answer!” said Jesus. “Do it and you’ll live.” Luk 10:29  Looking for a loophole, he asked, “And just how would you define ‘neighbor’?” Luk 10:30  Jesus answered by telling a story. “There was once a man traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho. On the way he was attacked by robbers. They took his clothes, beat him up, and went off leaving him half-dead. Luk 10:31 Luckily, a priest was on his way down the same road, but when he saw him he angled across tothe other side. Luk 10:32  Then a Levite religious man showed up; he also avoided the injured man. Luk 10:33  “A Samaritan traveling the road came on him. When he saw the man’s condition, his heart went out to him. Luk 10:34  He gave him first aid, disinfecting and bandaging his wounds. Then he lifted him onto his donkey, led him to an inn, and made him comfortable. Luk 10:35  In the morning he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take good care of him. If it costs any more, put it on my bill–I’ll pay you on my way back.’ Luk 10:36  “What do you think? Which of the three became a neighbor to the man attacked by robbers?” Luk 10:37  “The one who treated him kindly,” the religion scholar responded. Jesus said, “Go and do the same.”


  • Assist a widow
  • Bless the family next door
  • Encourage someone
  • Fix a flat tire
  • Give to the needy
  • Pray specifically for several individuals and let them know you did so
  • Prepare and deliver a box of food and fun for a family in need
  • Run an errand for someone
  • Send missionaries a care package
  • Visit the sick
  • Write a check to the Red Cross or the Salvation Army

Surely this list could go on and on!  Be on the alert.  You can be a Good Samaritan this week!  Ask God to show you a need you can meet! 


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