There was a scholar of the law who stood up to test Jesus and said, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said to him, “What is written in the law? How do you read it?” He said in reply, “you shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” He replied to him, “You have answered correctly; do this and you will live.” (Luke 10: 25-27)
These are the verses that precede the Parable of the Good Samaritan. In those days a Samaritan would have been a person who was presumed to be godless, half breed, half foreign. This would have been a person that would be in the lowest of classes. Jesus uses this as an example of loving our neighbor, no matter what their station in life.
When my children were in elementary school there was a sign in the cafeteria that said, â€œIf you canâ€™t say anything nice, donâ€™t say anything at all,â€ also known as, â€œdo unto others as you would have them do unto you.â€ We hear this throughout our life and yet do I really do this every day? As a Christian am I more accountable for my actions? As an employee at Avera, I am asked to follow the Avera C.A.R.E. standards every day. Is this is more than helping a lost family or buying someone a cup of coffee? I personally think that anytime we help our fellow man, smile at someone or pick up a piece of paper flying around outside, we are loving those as we should.
God wants us to love our neighbors as ourselves. In order to do that we must love ourselves and itâ€™s like a revolving door â€¦ helping others makes us feel better about ourselves and in turn we receive and give love.