Who is my Neighbor? – Love One Another

“But the man wanted to show that he had been right to ask a question. So he
asked, ‘Who are the people near to me that I must love?’ Jesus answered him by
telling a story: ‘A man was going down the road from Jerusalem to Jericho town.
On the way, some men attacked him. They took away all his clothes and they hit
him with sticks. He was almost dead when they left him. But it happened that a
priest of God's Great House was going down that road. He saw the man, who
was lying there. But he walked past him on the other side of the road. A Levite
was also going down the road. He came to the place where the man was lying.
He saw him. But he also walked past on the other side of the road. But then a
man from Samaria was also traveling along the road. And he came to the place
where the man was lying. When he saw him, he felt very sorry for him. He went
across from him. He poured oil and wine on the places where he was bleeding.
Then he tied those places with clean clothes. After that, he put the man on his
own donkey to carry him. They arrived at a small hotel. He took the man in
there and he was kind to him. The next day, the man from Samaria took out two
silver coins from his purse. He gave the money to the man that was taking care
of the hotel. “Be kind to this man for me,” he said. “This money may not be
enough. When I return, I will pay you for any more that you have spent on
him.” ’ Then Jesus asked the teacher of God's Law a question. He said, ‘Three
men saw the man that was lying on the road. Which of them showed love to
him, like a real friend?’ He answered, ‘It was the man who was kind to
him.’ Then Jesus said to him, ‘Yes. So you should go and do the same for other
Luke 10:29-37 EASY
We really have two main commandments. Love God first and people second.
The key word here is to show kindness to others. It’s helping others when you
can. It’s not always money that needs to be exchanged to demonstrate
kindness. It can be as simple as being a listening ear to someone who is down.
It’s amazing how kindness towards others not only serves God’s Will but is
fondly remembered by the person you helped.
When I was 14, I went on a band exchange in Kelowna, BC, Canada. I don’t
remember anything about this trip except one thing. I was wondering around
Kelowna and lost my way. I was embarrassed so I didn’t ask anyone for
directions. I walked and walked and walked. I needed to use the washroom so
badly that I asked a lady who was out front of her home if she would be so kind
as to let me use hers. This lady graciously let me use her washroom. This
wonderful lady asked me if I was hungry and offered me a sandwich and milk. I
gladly accepted as I was so hungry from walking. Afterward, she said to me,
“Are you ok? Are you lost?” I meekly told her, yes I am. She said that it was ok and
she asked me to get in her car and she will help me find the home I was staying
at. She and I drove for quite a while. She asked me if I remembered that store or
this school. Finally, I remembered a school situated across the street from the
home I was staying at. I got out and she waited to be sure I got to the right place.
As soon as I entered the home, she drive away.
God bless this woman. I never got her name and can’t even remember where
she lived, but I fondly remember her kindness. She left a wonderful memory in
me from the love of her heart. I will always remember her kindness.

by Kent Brosh a Kawaiaha’o Blog Contributor

Alberta, Canada

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