Help Your Neighbor

Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. - Philippians 2:4
When you see someone who needs help, do you stop?
On a road in England, a van spun out of control and plunged into a lake. In a black limousine, Princess Diana rode past the site. “Pull off here”, she told her driver. The Princess ran toward the van, jumped into the water, and pulled a man out of his vehicle. They waited until the police arrived. The Princess of Wales had saved a homeless vagrant.
Once a Jewish law expert asked Jesus about how to inherit eternal life. Jesus asked the man, “What does the law say?” The man told Jesus, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and Love your neighbor as yourself”. Then Jesus told a story about the Good Samaritan. When some robbers beat up a man, a priest and a religious leader had walked passed this half-dead man . . . yet ignored him. Then a Samaritan man lovingly loaded the man on his donkey and took him to an inn.
It’s easy to walk past people who need our help. But it takes love and concern to look at the people around us as our neighbor. Who is my neighbor? Jesus gave us an example in the Bible, and Princess Diana gave us a modern day example.  
I challenge you today to look for an unexpected opportunity to help someone in need.
“If you haven’t any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.” -Bob Hope (1903-2003)


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Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.