Text: Luke 10: 29. But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbor?
Understanding the true meaning of charity has kept the world in a great turmoil.
When we live to accept other people in our society, irrespective of race, language or whatsoever, we would start living the true purpose of charity.
Preferential treatments are the order of the day in our society today.
We have the indigenes, on a good treatment, good salary schemes in the employment sectors and we have the migrants, or foreigners treated unequally as the indigenes.
In most cases, discrimination becomes the order of the day.
But these are wrong practices and attitude towards another.
Your neighbor is not only the person next door to You, but also includes people around of you in and out of your home.
God commands us to love our neighbors as we have loved ourselves.
Just as you would want others to do to You, do so to the people around you. Matthew 7:12.
If you would not poison yourself, why would you poison your neighbor?
If you would not plan your own downfall, why then planning the downfall of your neighbor?
If you would never dig a pit for yourself, why then would you dig for your neighbor?
Don’t build walls against your neighbors, build bridges for them instead.
Our society is evil.
And that is why we need the covering of our Lord Jesus Christ.
How would a man wake up, pick up a gun and go on killing innocent neighbors?
Now that is the work of the evil one, and that is why we need the savior to enjoy the benefits of dwelling under His Mighty shadow. Psalms 91.
As Jesus taught, a lawyer asked;
Who is my neighbor?
Now see Jesus’ teaching on this.
Luke 10: 30. And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.
31. And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
32. And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.
33. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,
34. And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
35. And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.
36. Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?
37. And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.
Jesus teaches that we show mercy to the needy, give a listening ear to the poor, sooth the wounds of the oppressed, in so doing, God is glorified.
When we learn to love others just as we love ourselves, then we have started living the kingdom life.
Remember on the last day, our works will determine the fate of our race.
Matthew 25: 31. When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
32. And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
33. And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
34. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
35. For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
36. Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
37. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? 38. When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
39. Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
40. And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
41. Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
42. For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
43. I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
44. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
45. Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
46. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
I pray the eyes of your understanding to be enlightened to the path of God’s truth and righteousness, in Jesus’ name.