“And who is my neighbor?” Luke 10:29
Your neighbor is the person who lives next door…across the street…on the next road…in the car driving next to you… in the pew next to you…the one who just did you a great kindness…the one who prayed for you…
Your neighbor is a person you haven’t met…is the person at the food pantry needing food…is the rude person in the grocery line…is the one who bullied you in school…is the guy who just cut you off in traffic.
You are a child of God. Your neighbor is a child of God…in fact, your brother or sister, spiritually speaking. We are all children of God, whether we are acting accordingly or not. And how do we treat our brothers and sisters in Christ? Do we treat them with mercy? Do we act or react toward them with love?
Pray for patience and the ability to show mercy. Pray that it will be obvious to those around you that you resemble your parent in heaven. And the next time someone cuts you off in traffic, instead of calling them by some derogatory name, call them by who they are. Instead of cursing them, say, “Today I bless you child of God. May you arrive safely wherever you are going.” Amen!