Victory Vitamin Blog – Luke 10:36-37

“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

Luke 10:36-37 NIV

 

Jesus had just told a man the parable of the Good Samaritan.  (Click the link above to read the whole exchange.)  The question was asked “Who is my neighbor?”  Then Jesus told the parable.  The point of the parable is that neighbors are not a pre-determined group of people.  In fact, Jesus turns the table on this man.  The man asked, “Who is my neighbor?” and after telling the parable, Jesus asked, “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man…?”  So, the question isn’t “Who is my neighbor?”  The question is, “To whom will you BE a neighbor?”  We make ourselves neighbors to others when we have mercy on them, help them, and meet their needs.  Jesus came and gave His life for people who were not very neighborly toward Him.  As result we have forgiveness and eternal life.  We reflect Christ’s mercy and love by making others our neighbors through acts of kindness, compassion, and service.  We love because He first loved us.  Make someone your neighbor today!

Victory Vitamin Blog – Romans 13:8

“Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another,”

-Romans 13:8 NIV

 

This Sunday at Victory, we’re going to ask the age old question, “What is love?”  It’s easier to state what love is NOT.  Love is not lust.  Though feelings are at times involved, I’d say love is not a feeling.  Like the Bible says, love is not rude, it is not self-seeking, love keeps no record of wrongs.  Love is a commitment.  Love is action.  Love is sacrifice.  Here are two ways to get a better idea of what love is.  How do you take care of yourself?  We’re to love our neighbor as ourselves, so how do you care for yourself?  Do that for others.  Second, how did Jesus show love for us?  Less with words, more with action.  He didn’t consider what was best for Him, His concern was and is what is best for us.  He suffered, died, and rose not for His own good, but for ours.  You now have hope, peace, forgiveness and eternal life in Him.  This Thanksgiving give thanks by demonstrating love for others.