Luke 10:30-37 NLT
Jesus replied with a story: “A Jewish man was traveling from Jerusalem down to Jericho, and he was attacked by bandits. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him up, and left him half dead beside the road. “By chance a priest came along. But when he saw the man lying there, he crossed to the other side of the road and passed him by. A Temple assistant walked over and looked at him lying there, but he also passed by on the other side. “Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt compassion for him. Going over to him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. The next day he handed the innkeeper two silver coins, telling him, ‘Take care of this man. If his bill runs higher than this, I’ll pay you the next time I’m here.’ “Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?” Jesus asked. The man replied, “The one who showed him mercy.” Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same.”
By far one of the most well known parables in the Bible, this story of the Good Samaritan gives us a definition of what it means to be a neighbor and show love towards others.
We can act in a way that is dishonoring to others just like the priest and temple assistant in this parable when we neglect to care for someone who needs help. Helping can take any number of forms.
Being a neighbor or good neighbor involves being aware of what is going on with people and to be indifferent about people’s situation is not neighborly. In fact, it happens all too often with those who think they are more important than they really are.