In Luke 10:25-37, Jesus gave the parable of the Good Samaritan to explain who our neighbor is. The Priest and the Levite did not consider the wounded person on the road. But the Samaritan went to him and cared for him as he could.
Jesus tells us a message through this story that our neighbor is the one who is in need – the broken, the wounded, and the worried around us. If we don’t consider those around us, we, in fact, are not loving them as God wants us to do.
The one who had mercy on the needy is a real neighbor. God doesn’t want people to remain in problems; so He sends somebody to rescue them. His compassion is shown through people. God wants to see those who act on seeing a need. Those who are willing to be good neighbors, they will find opportunities where they can help others. They are not forced to help someone, but willingly come forward to do it anyway.
When Jesus was here on earth, He did what He taught. He was willing to help those who came to Him and asked His help. He never ignored or rejected those who were wounded, hurting and broken. All the miracles that happened through Jesus are the results of His compassion. He did every miracle out of His love for the hurting. And the news spread through their testimonies.
God is searching for those who like to be good neighbors to those in need. Are you a good neighbor? Yes, God wants you to be one!
– – – written by Ancy Joe Abraham