Love Your Neighbor – Part 2
Scripture Reading: James 2:8-13
Key Verse: James 2:8
If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right.
We ended yesterday’s story with the fact that the priest and Levite in Jesus’ “Good Samaritan” parable put different values on people they encountered. If they didn’t feel a person was worthy of help, they walked by on the other side of the road.
Have you ever made a decision that someone was not worthy of your time or help? Everyone is worthy of our time and help, but our help should vary according to the real need of a particular person. In other words, we will find some people are taking advantage of the system. These people are worthy of our help and time, however we must help them in ways they are not asking for. Sometimes we need to take time to help a person see that they can do some things to help themselves. Instead of giving them a fish, we need to take time to teach them to fish! We must never, as Christ followers, belittle anyone for the way they are acting—everyone needs the love of Jesus shown to them.
Our world is full of people who are not doing the right things and will be glad to take advantage of us Christ followers. Jesus is not asking us to be easy “marks,” but rather, easy to love. We can say no to any enabling of someone’s bad behavior, but with that no we need to offer to help them in other ways that will truly help them in the long run.
Father, may I represent you well today. Help me see people as you do and treat people as you would. In Jesus’ name, amen.