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Just Who IS Our Neighbor?

posted Jul 14, 2019, 3:01 PM by web feat   [ updated Aug 4, 2019, 2:00 PM ]
It's a story we've probably heard many times before. A religion scholar is looking for a loophole concerning the teaching to love your neighbor as yourself, and Jesus responds by sharing the story of a man robbed and beaten, and left to die by the side of the road. Both a priest and a Levite religious man saw him lying there, and both avoided him and went on their way. Surprisingly, it is a Samaritan - one of a group despised and looked down on by the Jews - whose heart is moved to help. He gets the man the help he needs and at his own expense, asking for nothing in return.

As Jesus concludes the story, he asks the scholar:
 “What do you think? Which of the three became a neighbor to the man attacked by robbers?”
“The one who treated him kindly,” the religion scholar responded.
Jesus said, “Go and do the same.”  [Eugene Peterson's, The Message]

Who is OUR neighbor? 

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