Friday, November 15, 2013

Stop Trying to Justify Yourself; Just Love Your Neighbor

In the Gospel of Luke, during a conversation about eternal life, Jesus tells of a certain lawyer who desired “to justify himself” by asking, “And who is my neighbor?” In His response, Jesus told the Parable of the Good Samaritan, and challenged the lawyer to “Go and do likewise.” Many times, we get into a state of mind where we are so proud of our achievements, that we forget our neighbor. Many times, we are so interested in justifying ourselves (and normally our dysfunctional living) that we prop ourselves up as “leaders of society” while forgetting that many around us are suffering and hungry. Let’s stop trying to justify ourselves, and remember the Good Samaritan and “Go and Do Likewise.”

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