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My Neighbor

on August 12, 2012

  My Neighbor

Memory Verse: Matthew 22:39

Life Application: We are commanded to love others.

 

 

God has commanded us to love our neighbor as ourselves. But who is our neighbor? There are many definitions of a neighbor. A few of them are:

* somebody living nearby

* somebody who lives next door or close to somebody else

*  a person, place, or thing located next to another or very nearby

* fellow human: a fellow human being

* anyone who needs our help

Just as there are many definitions of a neighbor, there are many ways to fulfill the commandment to love them.

We can show our love to others by being nice to them, by helping them, and by making them feel welcome. The Good Samaritan is an example of a good neighbor.

Luke 10:30-37  NKJV     “Then Jesus answered and said: “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’ So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?” And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.”

      We can show our love for those in our community by making them feel welcome. A community is a group of people who live in the same area, or the area in which they live. A community can also be a group of people.

While showing love to those in our community, we can learn a lot from them. While being a blessing to them, we in turn will be blessed. In Acts 2:44-47 the Bible gives an account of the believers coming together as a community and as a result everyone’s needs were met.

Acts 2:44-47  NKJV    “Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need. So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.”

     The story of Naaman gives us another example of a good neighbor. The little servant girl helped Naaman by telling him where he could go for healing.

2 Kings 5:1-14  NKJV    “Now Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria, was a great and honorable man in the eyes of his master, because by him the Lord had given victory to Syria. He was also a mighty man of valor, but a leper. And the Syrians had gone out on raids, and had brought back captive a young girl from the land of Israel. She waited on Naaman’s wife. Then she said to her mistress, “If only my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria! For he would heal him of his leprosy.” And Naaman went in and told his master, saying, “Thus and thus said the girl who is from the land of Israel.” Then the king of Syria said, “Go now, and I will send a letter to the king of Israel.” So he departed and took with him ten talents of silver, six thousand shekels of gold, and ten changes of clothing. Then he brought the letter to the king of Israel, which said, Now be advised, when this letter comes to you, that I have sent Naaman my servant to you, that you may heal him of his leprosy. And it happened, when the king of Israel read the letter, that he tore his clothes and said, “Am I God, to kill and make alive, that this man sends a man to me to heal him of his leprosy? Therefore please consider, and see how he seeks a quarrel with me.” So it was, when Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes, that he sent to the king, saying, “Why have you torn your clothes? Please let him come to me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel.” Then Naaman went with his horses and chariot, and he stood at the door of Elisha’s house. And Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored to you, and you shall be clean.” But Naaman became furious, and went away and said, “Indeed, I said to myself, ‘He will surely come out to me, and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, and wave his hand over the place, and heal the leprosy.’ Are not the Abanah and the Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean?” So he turned and went away in a rage. And his servants came near and spoke to him, and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do something great, would you not have done it? How much more then, when he says to you, ‘Wash, and be clean’?” So he went down and dipped seven times in the Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.”

Review

1. A certain man went down from Jerusalem to ______________, and fell among thieves.

2. The thieves stripped him of his clothing, ______________ him, and departed, leaving him half ________.

3. A ____________ and a Levite passed by the wounded man.

4. A Samaritan, traveling down the road, saw him, he had ____________________.

5. The __________________ bandaged the man’s wounds.

6. The believers sold their _______________________ and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need.

7. They continued to meet __________ in the temple.

8. They ate their food with ________________ and simplicity of heart.

9. The ________ added to the church daily those who were being saved.

10. Naaman, _________________ of the army of the king of Syria, was a great and honorable man in the eyes of his master.

11. Naaman was also a mighty man of valor, but a __________.

12. A young girl told Naaman’s wife. “If only my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria! For he would ________ him of his leprosy.”

13. Naaman went with his horses and chariot, and he stood at the door of ________________ house.

14. Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go and ________ in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored to you, and you shall be clean.”

15. Naaman dipped __________ times in the Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.”

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