Who is our Neighbour
In the Gospel of Luke 10:25-16:17
On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
“What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”
He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’”
“You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”
But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbour?”
In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he travelled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’
“Which of these three do you think was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
In this parable, we must understand who our neighbour is? It is very important that we should know about our neighbour. I must tell you according to Bible our neighbour is the people of the whole world (regardless of any religion, race, nationality or anything else) or not only our next-door neighbours or people live around us. In Leviticus 19:18 God said; love your neighbours as yourself. In John 3:16 it is written, For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. This mean God loved whole world not some chosen people.
When we come to know about our neighbour then we should love all people regardless of religion, race or nationality. We should be helpful and kind to all as that Samaritan did in above mentioned parable. And please do understand that without being like Good Samaritan it is difficult to enter in the Kingdom of the God. Just believing and accepting Jesus into your life is not a guaranty to enter His kingdom unless we follow His teachings and commands.
May God give all of you the strength to understand His ways and teaching and grant you everlasting life. Amen!