2009-03-06 - Like a Good Neighbor
And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from
Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment,
and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.
And by chance there came down a certain priest that way:
and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came
and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.
But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he
was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,
And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil
and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took
care of him.
And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence,
and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever
thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.
In this story, Jesus reveals three ways we relate to everyone around us by
how people related to the "certain man". First, the thieves used the man
for what they could get out of him. Some people will always try to use and
abuse those around them. Second, the Levite and priest ignored the man. No
matter the excuse the fact remains that neither of these two pillars of society
would lift a finger for the fallen man. Last, the Samaritan helped the man.
With everyone we encounter we must choose one of these ways to relate to
them. We can use them, ignore them, or help them. As you encounter, people
today pray and ask God who you should be a neighbor to.
All scripture references from KJV unless otherwise noted