Last year, a friend of mine wrote the book Half Breed: Finding Unity in a Divided World that dissects the story of the Good Samaritan and personalizes it in a way that I had never seen before. With love, compassion, and honor, she asks each of us to examine our own hearts and then go and do as Jesus says—love our neighbors.
What an opportunity we’ve had this year to love our neighbors! Though I’m aware of the great opportunity before me, I know I have fallen short in this particular area. I tend to get hung up with loving myself or the people I like. I’m not so good at going out of my way to care for those who I don’t like or disagree with. I want “loving my neighbor” to be easy and convenient. But, we learn from the story fo the Good Samaritan that loving our neighbors is costly, uncomfortable, inconvenient, but so worth it. I encourage you to take a few minutes and reread the story for yourself, found in Luke 10:25-37. Also, pick up a copy of Half Breed on Amazon; it’s so worth it!
Today I am praying for:
- My neighbors
- Repenting for my own lack of neighborliness
- A heart of love for my neighbors, ears tuned to his voice, and courage to follow through when he speaks
How have you loved your neighbors during lockdown?
What is God saying to you?
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