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God calls us to show love and kindness

On one occasion, an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

“What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”

He answered: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

“You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” – Luke 10: 25-37.

In our world today, greatness means much to the one who is considered to be great. That person gets to dominate others and lord their perceived greatness over others.

However, greatness in the kingdom of God is the complete opposite of what the world thinks. Greatness in God’s kingdom has everything to do with humility. Anyone who wants to be great in the kingdom has to first become a servant.

That is what Jesus did. He humbled himself and became a servant to those for whom he came to save. In humility, he gave up his life to save the lost; you and me.

In the above text, Jesus is questioned by an expert in the law. You may call him a lawyer. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

Jesus was very civil with the man, even though he was trying to trap Jesus. “What does the Law say?”

The lawyer responded, “Love God and love your neighbor.”

“You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

However, the man wanted to take his questioning a little further. “And who is my neighbor?” he inquired.

Jesus then told him a little story; the story of the Good Samaritan. Then, Jesus instructed the man to go and live accordingly.

The Samaritan was a person who was not expected to give assistance to a stranger; yet, he did display brotherly love to a stranger.

Jesus’ point is that we don’t have to know someone for them to be our neighbor. Who is our neighbor? Our neighbor is everyone. The people around us, especially those with whom we come into contact.

As Christians, we are to show love and kindness to all people. They don’t have to be known to us. God calls us Christians to show love and kindness to the people around us. When we do, we are displaying our love for God.

How can we love God but neglect to show kindness and generosity to the people around us, especially those who are hurting? The good Samaritan did not know the injured man, yet he reached out, risking his own life, to help someone in need.

We often come into contact with people and never bother to learn about them. We never give them a second thought. As Christians, we are called to take a second look. Make it our business to find out who people are. Make it our business to make acquaintances.

It does not matter that we do not know a person. He or she is still our neighbor. There was a time in our Bahamas when we used to know our neighbors. We helped our neighbors. We looked after their children and kept a keen eye on their property. We were concerned about their welfare. That was a time when we cared.

Because of the Christian and brotherly love we displayed for the people around, we helped to make our Bahamas a better place. We built and expanded God’s kingdom here on earth. Amen.


• Rev. Samuel M. Boodle, pastor at the Lutheran Church of Nassau,119 John F. Kennedy Drive, can be reached at P.O. Box N 4794, Nassau, Bahamas; telephone 426-9084; e-mail lutheranchurch@coralwave.com; or website www.nassaulutheranchurch.org.

 

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