QUESTION: "WHO IS MY NEIGHBOUR?
Study References: Luke 10:25-37, John 13:34-35.
While some may see a neighbor as someone who lives next to them, Jesus explained what he meant when he said "thou shall love thy neighbor as thyself".
In Luke 10:25-37; this subject was explained in parables and we were made to understand that a person who shows kindness or help toward his or her fellow human is their neighbor.
Studying the above scripture, the parable of Jesus said that; "A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho", as at that time the man who helped him was a Samaritan. The Samaritans were not in good relationship with the people in Jerusalem, the Jews.
Normally, the Samaritan should have walked away from this helpless man but rather, a Levite who was a fellow Jew and a priest passed by without helping. Jesus meant that though they were living together as Jews, and were religious they did not help the injured man nor had pity on him.
Luke 10:25-37; "And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou? 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.
And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live. But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour? 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.
And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, 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 on him, And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.
Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves? And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.