“If we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher.”
― Pema Chodron
Jesus said “love your neighbor” (Luke 10:27). When someone asked him “who is my neighbor” Jesus told the story of a man who was beaten and robbed and left in a ditch on the side of the road. While others walked past, a stranger – a religious and cultural outsider, stopped and helped the man. Jesus says it was this man, who stopped to help, who showed neighborly care (Luke 10:29-37).
In other words, our neighbor can be anyone. They don’t have to be like us, believe, or think like us. We’re all neighbors and have the capacity to be neighborly to one another.
Think about who your neighbor is. Has the story about Jesus and man on the side of the road changed your understanding? What does it mean to you to be a neighbor to someone else?
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