Jesus is the Great Samaritan
to whom the Good Samaritan points…
Before you can give this neighbor-love,
you need to receive it.
Only if you see that you have been saved graciously
by someone who owes you the opposite
will you go out into the world looking to help
absolutely anyone in need.
— Timothy Keller, Generous Justice, p. 77
Loving your neighbor springs from the biblical notion of
love as the law that causes people to flourish
emotionally, physically, spiritually, and socially
and to experience life to the full (1 John 4:7-21).
This neighbor love shows itself in different forms:
- In your family… tender care (Ephesians 5:21-6:4)
- In your neighborhood…courtesy (Romans 13:9-10)
- In your friendships…sympathy (Proverbs 17:17; 18:24)
- In business…integrity (Proverbs 10:9; 11:3; 19:1; 20:7; 28:6)
- In the world…humble service (Mark 10:35-45)
- In Christ’s church…brotherly love (1 Corinthians 13:1-7)
O Lord, your love for rebels like us reached its height
in the cross of Calvary.
Fueled by your love,
would you lead us today to those whom you want to love through us. AMEN.