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Week 38 Love In Thy Neighbor
July 1, 2013
Love In Thy Neighbor
The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.
There is no commandment greater than these.”
- Mark 12: 31
A certain instance came when Jesus was still on Earth that he was questioned by an expert of the Law. Something have came into the fellow’s mind that he knew Jesus being the great teacher that he is would be able to give real meaning of. In the conversation that took place among them as the Lord gladly made him see it in a much broad perspective, he explained the second of the greatest commandments. He made it clear for the one who was asking him of such a query of what it is that holds true to it. It brings forth for the relationship that one ought to have being a good Christian and as a follower of the Lord. As one seeks the Lord’s goodness, he must also seek it for his fellow believers not only for himself alone. One such parable holds transparent to account as much understanding of the matter was given by the Lord.
The greatest commandment tells us to love the Lord with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This the first and greatest commandment of them all. God’s goodness is too much to account for. It would be out of our ability to measure the things he have done into our lives. Time has passed that we know it or not, the gifts he has given us cannot be counted for. The blessings he has bestowed upon us that we may be able to be a blessing for others is something very noteworthy indeed. As we love the Lord, we must also love those who are around us. How can we love God if there is something disturbing with regard to a friend? How can we praise him all the more if there is something that is keeping us from it that maybe a dispute with a fellow brother has not yet settled down or brought to a justified closure? It would be displeasing not only in our part but also for the one we have a disagreement with to be in the manner that we may be in with such a situation at hand.
The parable of the great Samaritan tells us of a man who was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho. As he was on his way, he met by robbers. He was attacked and the beating made him unable to continue In his journey. They stripped him of his clothes. He was helpless. He had little energy as he was left in such a predicament. He was left half dead. In these situation of his, three people would met him by the road. Each have their responses seeing him. The first one happened to be a priest going down the same road. He saw the man but his reaction didn’t fir that of someone who could be seen by others to be helpful. He passed by the other side of the road and went on his way. The second one was a Levite. He saw the man but made the same action that the first one did. He didn’t mind that the person was badly needing help. The fellow could hardly stand on his own. He would be dead in a matter of days if no help came eventually. The third one was a Samaritan. As he saw him on the road, he look on him with pity. He was the only one who was merciful to him. He went to the man and bandaged his wounds, pouring oil and wine. Then he put the man on his donkey, brought him to an inn and aided him. The next day he took out some money and gave it to the innkeeper. “Look after him” he said “and when I return, I will pay you back for the extra expenses he may be regarded for”
“Which of these three was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” Jesus asked the expert of the law.
The man replied “The one who had mercy on him “
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise”
To love our neighbors is a commandment that is well acquainted with our love for God. As we keep it a habit in our lives, it would be much fulfilling with our daily walk with him.