"And he replied, 'Thou shall love the Lord Thy God with all thy heart, soul, strength, and mind; and thy neighbor as thyself.'" 10:27 (KJV).
Who is my neighbor? is the query that prompted the Good Samaritan story. The subject is especially pertinent now, because Good Neighbourliness is quickly becoming a rare commodity. It's even more incredible to learn that the brotherly love that helped the Church expand in the early days of Christianity is decreasing among 21st-century believers, but this should not be the case.
The Holy Spirit addressed the issue of who our neighbor is in Galatians 6:10, saying, “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto those who are of the household of faith.” To avoid any misunderstanding, the Holy Spirit provided us with practical examples of what He meant in the preceding Scripture.
"If a brother or sister be naked and without daily food, and one of you says unto them, Depart in peace, be warmed and satisfied; notwithstanding ye do not give them those things which are necessary to the body; what profit is it?" says James 2:15-16. The Holy Spirit is implying in this passage that there is no such thing as good neighborliness in theoretical spirituality that is not followed by action.
Our Lord contrasted the Samaritan's humanitarian activities with the priest's and Levite's selfish mindsets in order to powerfully illustrate Good Neighbourliness. Unfortunately, the behaviors of the latter two reflect what is currently going on among Christian brothers and sisters. The pastor is unconcerned if a neighbor's sick child dies, as long as he is not late for a sermon.
Even if a fellow sister is seriously ill, a chorister would not want to be late for choir practice.
The Holy Spirit, beloved, requires that we add virtue to our faith (2 Peter 1:5).
When we combine our faith with the virtue of good deeds, the task of evangelizing the world becomes a lot easier.
A narrative was related of a reputable church's General Overseer, who was inspired to follow Christ by the generosity of a Christian couple during the civil war. He wondered what type of people would donate a bowl of rice to him, a starving fugitive on the verge of death, during a period when food was in short supply. When he discovered that they were Christians, he decided to join them in their mission to serve Jesus. Allow your religion to come alive today via good acts, beloved.
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