Luke 10:25-50  The Message (MSG)

 25Just then a religion scholar stood up with a question to test Jesus. “Teacher, what do I need to do to get eternal life?”  26He answered, “What’s written in God’s Law? How do you interpret it?”  27He said, “That you love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and muscle and intelligence—and that you love your neighbor as well as you do yourself.”   28“Good answer!” said Jesus. “Do it and you’ll live.”  29Looking for a loophole, he asked, “And just how would you define ‘neighbor’?”  30-32Jesus answered by telling a story. “There was once a man traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho. On the way he was attacked by robbers. They took his clothes, beat him up, and went off leaving him half-dead. Luckily, a priest was on his way down the same road, but when he saw him he angled across to the other side. Then a Levite religious man showed up; he also avoided the injured man.  33-35“A Samaritan traveling the road came on him. When he saw the man’s condition, his heart went out to him. He gave him first aid, disinfecting and bandaging his wounds. Then he lifted him onto his donkey, led him to an inn, and made him comfortable. In the morning he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take good care of him. If it costs any more, put it on my bill—I’ll pay you on my way back.’  36“What do you think? Which of the three became a neighbor to the man attacked by robbers?”   37“The one who treated him kindly,” the religion scholar responded.  Jesus said, “Go and do the same.”

Wow! I don’t think I can explain it any better than Jesus put it.  I looking at verse 36 and it’s cut and dry. “Go and Do The Same”!  The question was “who is my neighbor” ,  the answer is simple.  In other words everyone you come in contact with.  Everyday we face many situations and we go and do many different things.  And if your like me you go to work and at work there are people there that you really don’t want to be around.  Well God is calling us to LOVE.  I love teaching this passage because someone always tells me.  “Fernando but i can’t love my neighbor”, and the answer is correct you can not love them on your own.  Look at verse 27 there are two parts to it.  Here is the NIV version of it and this is how i will illustrate my point. ” “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’[a]; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.” Before we can love our neighbor we have to love God.  But not with just words there are four things you have to love God with.  First, your heart, soul, strength, and mind.  Lets love God in all these areas of ourselves, in turn we will in tune with God.  John 15:5 says ““I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing”.  If we are not loving God first we will not be able to love our neighbor.  Because God’s love is perfect love and when we experience God’s love we will be able to love in return no matter who our neighbor is.  So Today “Go and Do the Same!  Love God and Love your Neighbor. 

Prayer:  Dear God, fill me with your love today.  You are first in my life, help me to be second.  Today help me to love my neighbor.  That person you put in front of me today, help me to love them.  Fathers bless me with your love today.  Amen

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