Who Is My Neighbor?

Who Is My Neighbor? In Luke 10:25-37, Jesus gives the parable of the Good Samaritan, thus succinctly teaching us who our neighbor is.

The Lord Jesus talks about a Priest and a Levite on the one hand, both greatly revered men amongst the Jews; and also of a Samaritan on the other hand, from Samaria - people the Jews regarded with disdain. He compares their attitude to a wounded, likely Jewish, man.

The Priest and the Levite did not consider the wounded man on the road, but went on their way. While the Samaritan went to him and cared for him as he could.

Bear in mind that the wounded man was most likely a Jew, who were known to regard anyone from Samaria with disdain. Yet, this Samaritan was the one that truly cared.

The Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37)

And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”

He said to him, “What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?”

So he answered and said, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’”

And He said to him, “You have answered rightly; do this and you will live.” But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

Who Is My Neighbor? In Luke 10:25-37, Jesus gave the parable of the Good Samaritan to explain who our neighbor is. The Priest and the Levite did not consider the wounded person on the road. But the Samaritan went to him and cared for him as he could.

Then Jesus answered and said: “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.

“Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side.

“But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.

“On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’

“So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?”

And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.”

Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.” - Luke 10:25-37(NKJV)

The Lord's definition of a neighbor

Through the parable of the good Samaritan, Jesus tells us a message that our neighbor is the one who is in need – the broken, the wounded, and the worried around us.

If we don’t consider those around us, we, in fact, are not loving them as God wants us to do.

The one who had mercy on the needy is the real neighbor.

God doesn’t want people to remain in problems; so He sends somebody to rescue them. His compassion is shown through people.

God wants to see those who act on seeing a need. Those who are willing to be good neighbors, they will find opportunities where they can help others. They are not forced to help someone, but willingly come forward to do it anyway.

Jesus' example

When Jesus was here on earth, He did what He taught. He was willing to help those who came to Him and asked His help.

He never ignored or rejected those who were wounded, hurting and broken.

All the miracles that happened through Jesus are the results of His compassion. He did every miracle out of His love for the hurting.

And the news spread through their testimonies.

God is searching for those who like to be good neighbors to those in need. Are you a good neighbor? Yes, God wants you to be one!