Love all your neighbours
Next week we come to the end of Term Three. Our seniors will sit their practice NCEA exams, which are important for derived grades and much-needed practice for end-of-year exams. We have navigated Level Two and had a largely uninterrupted term of learning. We look forward to a holiday break, in the sun…
Jesus has told us to love God, and love your neighbour. This year, caring for each other has been a priority. For those we know, and those we may have just met, our neighbours. When asked who our neighbour was,
Jesus replied with a story, a well-known one about the Good Samaritan. In Luke 10: 30 – 37, Jesus explains what he meant by ‘our neighbour’. Now at that time the Samaritans, a person from the region of Samaria, and the Jews were not on good terms with each other. They would not have helped each other, however Jesus uses this to illustrate that God loves us all, and we must show this love to all, even those we dislike or disagree with. This is a powerful message for our broken world today, as we are surrounded by hate, intolerance, disagreement, and offense. We must rise above our human emotions and share the Kingdom view, with all our neighbours.
“Which of these three do you think was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
Luke 10: 36—37 (NIV)
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