Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Who Is My Neighbor?

Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
I love you, Lord! You are my strength:
The Lord, my rock, my fort, my pow'r,
my God, my hiding place, my shield,
my horn of safety, and my tow'r
 —Psalm 18:1-2
Suggested tune: Abends (LM)

But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan while traveling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, ‘Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend.’

Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?”

He said, “The one who showed him mercy.”

Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”
—Luke 10:29-37
Everyone should consider that, however great they are, they owe ourselves to their neighbors, and that the only limit to their generosity is the failure of their means.
 —John Calvin, Institutes 3.7.7
Thank you, Lord Jesus, that you will be our hiding place whatever happens...
 —Corrie Ten Boom
Allow the above to help guide your own confession, praise, thanksgiving, and/or petition.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
 —Matthew 6:9-13

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