Sunday, April 10, 2011

New Testament Lesson 14: Who Is My Neighbor?

by: Mhe-anne L. Ojeda

It is particularly interesting to note that the question in Luke 10:25 “Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” was asked by a lawyer who wanted to “tempt” the Savior).

Jesus asked the lawyer what the law and the prophets said about that question.

And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live” (Luke 10:27,28).

“Well,” said the Savior, “you’ve answered the question. Live that way.”He asked further: “And who is my neighbor?” The answer to these two questions is the parable of the Good Samaritan.

In Acts 10:38, we read about a man named Jesus who went about “doing good.” So many of us are satisfied with just going about. But these lessons from the gospels–the lesson of the little children and the unmerciful servant and the Samaritan–are a directive to us. We also must go about doing good. We must love our neighbors. It is in this way that we become true disciples.

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