Summary: Here is a simple 3 step approach to loving our neighbors
Title: Love your neighbor
“On one occasion an expert in the Law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” He answered: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with
all your mind’, and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.” You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.” But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
1. The law of God commands us to love our neighbor.
A.See Lev. 19:18
B.5 of the 10 Commandments address loving your neighbor
2. There is more to “Loving your neighbor” than we might think.What can we do to really show our neighbor we love them?
I want to share a 3 step process on how to really love our neighbors.
Step 1. Prayer (v30)
“A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and left him half dead.”
4 terrible things happened to this man
1.He fell into the hands of robbers
2.He was stripped of his clothes
3.He was beaten
4.He was left half dead
A.Jesus is telling a parable here: He is telling an earthy story that has a spiritual application
B.The spiritual application here is clear;
1.When sin entered the world all of humanity fell into the hands of the Devil. The devil is the thief who comes only to steal, kill and destroy.
2. They first stole his clothes.
Back in Jesus’ time a person’s clothes had a lot to do with a person’s identity. When they stripped him of his clothes they also stripped him of his identity. Take a person’s clothes away and there is no way of telling if he is a rich man or a poor man.
The Devil loves to strip people of their true identity.
The Bible says “We were all created by God and for God.”
The Devil’s favorite passage of scripture
“After that whole generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation grew up, who knew neither the Lord nor what he had done for Israel. Then the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord, and served the Baals. They forsook the Lord, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of Egypt. They followed and worshipped various gods of the people around them.” They provoked the Lord to anger because they forsook him and served Baal and the Ashtoreths. (Judges 2:10-13 (quickview) )
2.They next beat him up
The simple fact is this. Sin beats us up. It never builds us up!
Sin will take us further than we want to go
Keep us longer than we want to stay
Cost us more than we want to pay
3.Finally they left him half dead.
The Bible tells us because of sin we are physically alive but spiritually dead.
“As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts.” (Eph. 2:1-3)