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Be the Samaritan

“You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.” Isn’t that the truth? What makes this quote even more fascinating is who said it: millionaire Malcolm Forbes! I imagine most people he encountered could “do nothing for him,” and yet he makes a valid point: we are to treat each other with respect, no matter what we get in return.

Jesus tells the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) to answer the question, “Who is my neighbor?”. When a Jew is robbed and left for dead on the side of the road, the only person who stops to help him is a Samaritan, whose people were hated by the Jews. Jesus uses this story to define who He means when he gives the command to love your neighbor as yourself: EVERYONE. Don’t look away, or cross to the other side of the road when you can help someone. Be there for each other. Accept your differences as the way God made you, and care about everyone. Even when it’s hard, be the Samaritan.

In His love,
Heather Lewis
Director of Music and Worship


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