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Love Your Neighbor
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We’ve all grown up with the saying, “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18 and Mark 12:31). In addition to this we’ve also heard the adage, “Do to others as you would have them do to you” (Luke 6:31).

Why is it that these two Bible texts are so important? Think about it for a moment. Have you ever met someone who really didn’t like themselves? That kind of makes it tough doesn’t it! If a person does not have love for themselves, how can they possibly have love for others? How can they do unto others that which they really wouldn’t even do for themselves?

These verses remind me of the story of “The Good Samaritan.” Many have heard it so many times that when the story is retold they often nod off. Because of this let’s take the liberty to read a modern version.

A pastor was late on his way to speak at a church convention when he noticed a lady stranded on the side of the road with a flat tire. There was no one behind him, so it would have been easy to pull off the road and help the lady, but he was late and so he drove on knowing someone else would probably come along and help.

Someone Else Did Come Along

And someone else did come along! A church leader from the pastor’s church was traveling to that same convention. But unfortunately, he was even later than the preacher and so he sped on down the highway.

The church leader was followed by an atheist. He didn't believe in God. But he felt compelled to help the lady stranded alongside the road. He stopped and changed her tire.

So who was the one who loved his neighbor as himself? Both the pastor and the church leader really didn't seem to know what love was. So they both journeyed onward toward their destinations to make their appointments. But the atheist wasn’t so worried about destinations. And because of this he made it right on time to God’s appointment for him with the lady!

What should we be doing? Is this life all about just making appointments and being on time? Thank God for His divine interventions and His divine interruptions as well. We need to be more like our imaginary atheist friend. We need to be on God's time.

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