Beyond the Neighborhood

We sometimes assume the word neighbor means someone who lives nearby or at least is someone we know. But in Luke 10, Jesus told the parable of the good Samaritan to teach that our love for our neighbors shouldn’t have barriers. The man from Samaria freely gave to a wounded stranger, even though the man was a Jew, part of a people group at odds with the Samaritans (vv. 25–37).

In the summer of 2017, Hurricane Harvey brought devastating losses of life and property to the Gulf Coast of the US. Many people provided food, water, clothing, and shelter for those in immediate need.

The owner of a piano store in Maryland felt prompted to do something more. He considered how music could bring a special kind of healing and sense of normalcy to people who had lost everything. So he and his staff began to refurbish pre-owned pianos and to make inquiries to see where the need was the greatest. That spring, Dean Kramer and his wife, Lois, began the long trek to Houston, Texas, driving a truck filled with free pianos to give to grateful families, churches, and schools in the ravaged area.

When Dean Kramer was asked why he gave away all those pianos, he explained simply: “We’re told to love our neighbors.” And it was Jesus who said, “There is no commandment greater” (Mark 12:31) than to love God and our neighbor.

In what way are you limiting your understanding of the word neighbor? How might God be urging you to expand the borders of your “neighborhood”?

Father, help us to look beyond borders and barriers to see everyone as our neighbor and to love in generous ways as You uphold us. Direct us to those around us in need, and help us how we can make a meaningful impact in their lives, so they would feel Your love through us.

"Love your neighbor as yourself." Mark 12:31. Thank You Lord. It's in Jesus name we pray. Amen!

Today's Scripture: Luke 10:25–37

Bible in a Year:
1 Kings 14–15
Luke 22:21–46

Reference : Our Daily Bread By Cindy Hess Kasper