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A certain insurance company's slogan goes like this: "Like a good neighbor ___________ is there". Since I'm not advertising the company, I'll not use their name but ya'll know who I'm talking about.
So, what is a good neighbor?
Some might say that a good neighbor is one who minds his or her own business and "leaves me alone". Others might say that a good neighbor is a quiet neighbor. I have good neighbors, in the sense that they are friendly and like to visit. But what would Jesus define a good neighbor to be?
I think that, to Jesus, a good neighbor would be honest: "Therefore putting away lying, "Let each of you speak truth to his neighbor," for we are all members of one another" [Eph.4: 25]. I think Jesus would say that a good neighbor looks out for his neighbors: "Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to edification" [Romans 15:2]. I think that Jesus would say that good neighbors "Bear one another’s burdens" [Galatians 6:2] - they laugh, cry and pray together. In summary, Jesus taught that a good neighbor, a real neighbor, has compassion on others in times of trouble - a good neighbor is a merciful person. [Luke 10:33, 37]
What kind of a neighbor are you? With that question some of us might have thought about the way we have treated those we like. But isn't your enemy your neighbor as well? Some of us have thought "Well, I've done this, this and this", but have you ever gone the 'extra mile' for someone? In His parable about the Good Samaritan [Luke 10:25-37] Jesus taught about what it means to be a good neighbor. In that parable lies the implication that a good neighbor isn't only compassionate when he feels like it, and depending on who needs help; a good neighbor is compassionate and merciful always, to everyone. Does that describe you and me?
As you go through the coming week, be alert for opportunities to be a good neighbor to someone. Maybe it will be said of you, "Like a good neighbor (your name here) is there."
Click to listen to last Sunday's message titled "Love in Action - Worship that Does."