When was the last time you prayed for someone that hated you, despised you, and talked bad about you or you actually went out of your way to help them?
Did you know this is expected to be a practice of us who proclaim to be Christians?
When you read the story of the “Good Samaritan” in Scripture, it is easy to think when Jesus says, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” that He is speaking of a neighbor as being someone who lives next door. But when the question was posed by the lawyer to Jesus, “Who is my neighbor?” Jesus proceeded to tell the story of the Good Samaritan.
The Samaritans were despised by the Jews and in the parable it was a Samaritan who allowed an interruption in his schedule and also went out of his way to care for and pay to help his enemy who had been beaten, robbed and left to die. Two Jews, a Priest and the Levite, both of which were known to be believers, actually SAW the man and went to the other side of the road, IGNORING the man left for dead.
Obvious point made by Jesus…it was especially to professing Christians…we can read the Bible and go to church every Sunday …but it is opening our eyes and hearts during our busy daily lives that we are to SEE, STOP and SUPPORT someone who hates us. These, too, are our neighbors.