09 Mar WHO IS YOUR NEIGHBOUR?
33 And if a stranger sojourn with thee in your land, ye shall not vex him.34 But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.35 Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment, in mete-yard, in weight, or in measure.
When a man asked Jesus who is my neighbor, Jesus answered the question by telling a parable which is popular today – the parable of the Good Samaritan. If you take the story literally, how many of us have encountered such a thing like that? How many of us have traveled on a road and seen a man who has been beaten by thieves and left for dead? Many of us may never have such an experience our entire life. Does that mean we cannot have neighbors? Absolutely not!
Just look around you and you will see a lot of people who have been beaten by the circumstances of life and robbed of all they have; they have nothing on them and they need your help. The Bible calls them strangers. There are many strangers in your locality. You do not need to see them physically beaten by robbers because that may never happen, but they need your help.
God gave this instruction to the Hebrews when they had moved into the Promised Land. God was reminding them that they had also been strangers before. Before you experienced financial prosperity, what was your life like? I am sure you were living like some of the people in your neighborhood who God is calling on you to stretch your hands to. Remember where God took you from and do not hold back from the neighbor in your area.
1. Thank God for the financial and material blessings He has brought you, having taken you completely from poverty.
2. Ask for the grace to be sensitive to others whose prosperity is yet to come, remembering you have been there before.
3. Father, please give me the heart of giving to help the strangers in my neighborhood.
I declare that God has blessed me and the purpose is to be a blessing. I no longer shut my bowels of mercy. I open them wide as God would have me do. All God has given me is to bless His kingdom and people within my sphere of influence. I will walk in obedience to this divine mandate in the name of Jesus.