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Kids Corner: Who Is My Neighbor?

The Parable of the Good Samaritan helps us to understand how we should treat the people who disagree with us. When Jesus says to “love your neighbor as yourself, do you ever wonder, “who is my neighbor?” Well, the answer is EVERYBODY! And that includes the people who don’t believe what you believe.

As Christians, we should always be learning more and more about Jesus and the truth found in the Bible. It is very important for us to believe what is right. But, in the Parable of the Good Samaritan, we learn that it’s even more important for us to be kind than to be right. “Samaritan” doesn’t mean “nice person” In fact, they typically were very unkind to the Jews (and the Jews were unkind to them too!). The Samaritans had some untrue beliefs about God, but Jesus used a Samaritan as the hero of his story. It’s best to be kind and correct, but if you can only choose one, Jesus wants you to choose kind!

In the world that we live in, it’s really, really easy to come across people who disagree with you. It’s also really easy to communicate with lots of different people from lots of different backgrounds and a lot of times that lead to arguments and fights and people end up hating people who don’t believe what they believe. It might seem like people get in a lot more arguments these days because of the internet but the truth is that people have disagreed forever and have sort of you know divided themselves into us and them sort of thing

As Christians, we should always be learning more and more about Jesus and the truth found in the Bible. It is very important for us to believe what is right. But, in the Parable of the Good Samaritan, we learn that it’s even more important for us to be kind than to be right. “Samaritan” doesn’t mean “nice person.” In fact, they typically were very unkind to the Jews (and the Jews were unkind to them too!) The Samaritans had some untrue beliefs about God, but Jesus used a Samaritan as the hero of his story. It’s best to be kind and correct, but if you can only choose one, Jesus wants you to choose the kind!

 

The parable of the Good Samaritan helps us to understand how we should treat the people who disagree with us. When Jesus says to “love your neighbor as yourself, do you ever wonder, ‘who is my neighbor?’ Well, the answer is EVERYBODY! And that includes the people who don’t believe what you believe.

It is important for us to learn from this story that it is never okay to make excuses and not help those in need. It is not your job to help everybody in need but it is your job to help those that God puts in your path. It doesn’t matter what they believe, it doesn’t matter where they live, it doesn’t matter what they look like, it doesn’t matter if they hate your guts. If you find someone who is hurting and in pain, maybe they’re scared or angry. God wants us to share his love with them. You don’t have to agree with people to love them but they are your neighbor and God says to love your neighbor as yourself. God wants us to always kind, and show love and compassion to our neighbors.