Who Christ Says Your Neighbor Is

Christ like kindness

There are more than one meaning to a word sometimes. The common meaning of neighbor held by many is someone who lives near another. But Christ thinks differently from that.

 After spending some time with his disciples, a lawyer came to Christ seeking to know the prerequisite needed to get eternal life.

Christ asked the lawyer the existing knowledge he had on what is needed to inherit eternal life. The man rightly said it is love. To love God and to love his neighbor (Luke 10:26-27).

Seeking to get additional knowledge from Christ, he asked him who his neighbor is. Probably he was expecting Christ to say, “the man and the woman next door to your house”. But Christ in the parable in Luke 10:30-37 gave an uncommon meaning of who a neighbor is.

In the parable Christ said a man was traveling but unfortunately attacked by thieves that injured him badly and took everything that he had (Luke 10:30).

Top officials in the temple of God like priest and Levite saw the man and walked by. Probably they were late for church, I guess. But the Samaritan who they see as unholy saw the wounded man and had compassion on him. Took the responsibility to ensure that the man was fully alright after the attack (Luke 10:34-35).

Christ, then asked the inquisitive lawyer who he thinks was a neighbor to the man that was attacked, and he rightly said the man who was at help in the time of need (Luke 10:36-37).

A neighbor is not just someone who lives near another but anyone that needs our help or to whom we have the opportunity of rendering help most especially in the time of difficulty.

The help rendered should be spontaneous and not mutual, not only helping the person and hoping he will help someday. When you help you should expect nothing in return and it will return to you in unexpected ways (Ecclesiastes 11:1).

Christ is not interested in who a person is or the big title or position he holds in the church like the priest and Levite who saw the injured man and walked away (Luke 10:31-32). All he is interested in is the compassion we have and show to one another and not only in words or behavior but in action also.

Without love, it is impossible to see the kingdom of God. But love is being misinterpreted and faked. Some people smile and hug at the front and only to backbite hard at the back. This has made people to love the wrong and hate the right.

Love is patient. Patiently seeking and waiting to express and prove itself in the time of need because, “I love you” is not by mouth only.

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