Who Is My Neighbor?

This question demands a penetrating answer. It presents itself to everyone and lies at the root of human problems.

Just who is my neighbor? The Master was asked this very question. It is related in the tenth chapter of Luke that a lawyer came tempting him and asking what he should do to inherit eternal life. Jesus approved the lawyer's own answer that he must love God supremely and his neighbor as himself. In self-justification the lawyer asked who his neighbor was. Jesus' reply was the familiar and much loved parable of the good Samaritan. At the end he put the question, "Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?" Luke 10:36; Jesus approved the lawyer's reply that it was the Samaritan, he who had shown kindness, and Jesus admonished him to go and do likewise.

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