Cross The Street To Help The Neighbor

“Which of these three, in your opinion,
was neighbor to the robbers’ victim?”
He answered, “The one who treated him with mercy.”
Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”
~ Luke 10:25-37

The neighbor is the one who crosses the street to show love and mercy to others.

Some weeks back a friend asked for my advice on what to do with a person she met online who asking asking for her help. It turns out this person in need is a convict who was serving time in prison. My first impulse was to tell my friend to run, not to cross street to help this convict.

That was a typical and an expected reaction from me. I would often not cross the street to avoid having to help or to give assistance. Or, sometimes I would cross the streets to avoid facing up to a problem or an obstacle coming down the road. Sometimes, I would send good wishes or monetary help or prayers just so I do not have to inconvenience myself by crossing the street. The most difficult part of being a neighbor is crossing that street.

“Lord. teach me to generous. Give me courage to cross the street when someone needs my help.”

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