Summary: who is your neighbor? why would we not love them?

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The hospital's consulting dietician was giving a lecture to several community nurses from the.

'The rubbish we put into our stomachs and consume should have killed most of us sitting here, years ago. Red meat is terrible. Fizzy drinks attack your stomach lining. Chinese food is loaded with msg. Vegetables can be disastrous because of fertilizers and pesticides and none of us realizes the long-term damage being done by the rotten bacteria in our drinking water. However, there is one food that is incredibly dangerous and we all have, or will, eat it at some time in our lives. Now, is anyone here able to tell me what food it is that causes the most grief and suffering for years after eating it?'

A 65-year-old nursing sister sitting in the front row stood up and said, 'Wedding cake.'

Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself

Turn to Luke 10:25-37

Who are our neighbors? Two men were visiting in the front yard when one ask the other what time it was…He replied I am not sure but I can tell with a pan and spoon the other man ask how can you do that he picked up the pan and spoon and began beating on it ..When his neighbor hollered and said quiet down over there it is 3 am…

It helps to define our “neighbor” the way that God does.

In Leviticus 19:18, God describes your neighbor as being…

 Someone you knew “one of your people” –

 Lev. 19:34 AND someone you DIDN’T know as “The alien living with you” –

..With phones internet tv all that ..makes our neighbors closer then they used to be…When I was a child growing up in Osceola mo. We boiled out cows horns and blew signals to the neighbors

Getting a proper perspective on anything can help change our attitude. Sometimes we form opinions without knowing all the facts or reason .. And that causes us to have a bad perspective about a person

A COWBOY out west was driving down a dirt road with his dog riding in back of the pickup truck and his faithful horse in the trailer behind. He failed to negotiate a curve and had a terrible accident.

Sometime later a state trooper came upon the scene. An animal lover, he saw the horse first. Realizing the terminal nature of its injuries, he drew his service revolver and put the animal out of it’s misery.

He walked around the accident and found the dog, also hurt critically. He couldn’t bear to hear it whine in pain, so he ended the dog’s suffering as well.

Next he tried to locate the cowboy who had suffered multiple fractures when he was thrown out of his pickup. As the officer broke through the weeds he saw him. The cop asked, "Hey are you okay?"

The cowboy took one look at the smoking revolver in the trooper’s hand and quickly replied, "Never felt better!"

Getting a proper perceptive can change our attitude and behavior.

The Law commanded that Israelites were to “love your neighbor as yourself” and so – as all good legalists will do - this lawyer wanted to know who neighbor was so he’d know who he had to love and who he didn’t have to love.

• The Jews typically interpreted “neighbor,” as “one who was near” or a fellow Jew.

• Men like this teacher of the Law tended to reject people who weren’t as religious as they were.

• And there was sect at Qumran (An ancient village of Palestine on the northwest shore of the Dead Sea in the West Bank east of Jerusalem..) That excluded everyone not part of their little group.

So this man wanted to have Jesus draw a circle.

He wanted Jesus to explain who was in and who was out?

So Jesus tells him a story.

Luke 10:25-37

Luk 10:25 And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?

Luk 10:26 He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou?

Luk 10:27 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.

Luk 10:28 And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.

Luk 10:29 But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?

Luk 10:30 And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.

Luk 10:31 And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.

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