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Who is Your Neighbor?

How do we love our neighbors as we love ourselves? That’s a complex question, and the answer plays out differently for everyone, but it requires that another question be answered first, “Who is my neighbor?”. Jesus encountered this exact question, from a lawyer, in Luke 10:25-34 (The Parable of the Good Samaritan). The lawyer was asking the question to determine, "What people can I exclude from the list and how can I limit my responsibility?"

Jesus responds with a story and a question back to the lawyer, which destroys his expectations and is staggering in its scope. Jesus shows him (and us) that anyone in need is a neighbor, and that the Samaritan in the story, who sacrificially helps a wounded stranger and shows mercy, has loved his neighbor as himself. Jesus then instructs the lawyer "Go and do likewise." What a challenging mandate! How do you love your neighbor as yourself? Please leave a comment below to let us know!

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