Open Heaven [26 October 2018] Who is my neighbour?

WHO IS MY NEIGHBOUR? Friday October 26th 2018
MEMORISE: And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself. Luke 10:27
Read: Luke 10:25-37(KJV)
25 And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?
26 He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou?
27 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.
28 And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.
29 But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?
30 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.
31 And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
32 And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.
33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,
34 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.
35 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.
36 Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?
37 And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.
Bible in one year: Jeremiah 23-24 Luke 11:14-32, Hymnal: Sing Hymn 12
 The title of today’s devotional is a question which precipitated the parable of the Good Samaritan. This question is even more relevant today because the character of good neighborliness is fast becoming a scarce commodity. 

Open Heaven [26 October 2018] Who is my neighbour?

It is even more astonishing to find out that the brotherly love that helped the Church to grow in the early days of the Christian faith is dwindling among 21st century believers, but this should not be so. In Galatians 6:10, the Holy Spirit answered the question of who our neighbor is when he admonished us thus: 

‘’As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.’’

 To prevent any ambiguity, the Holy Spirit also gives us practical examples of what He meant in the above scripture in James 2:15-16, saying:

 ‘’If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?’’

Open Heaven 26 October 2018 [Friday] Daily Devotional By Pastor E. A. Adeboye – Who is my neighbour? 

Through this scripture, the holy saying that there is no good neighborliness in theoretical spirituality that is not accompanied by action. In today’s Bible text, our Lord used the actions of the Samaritan to vividly illustrate good neighborliness, contrasting his charitable deeds against the selfish attitudes of the priest and the Levite. It is unfortunate that the actions of the letter two reflect what is happening among Christian brethren today. To the pastor, the sick child of the neighbor may die, as long as he is not late to preach somewhere. A chorister would not want to be late for choir practice, even though the follow sister is critically ill somewhere.

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Beloved, the Holy Spirit demands that we add virtue to our faith (2nd Peter 1:5). When we add the virtue of good deeds to our faith, the task of our evangelizing the word will become very easily to accomplish. The story was told of the General Overseer of a reputable church in Lagos, Nigeria, whose decision to accept Christ was motivated by the kindness of a Christian couple during the Nigeria civil war. He wondered what kind of people would give a bowlful of rice to him, a hungry fugitive who was about to die, at a time when food was terribly scarce. He found out that they where Christians, and there and then he decided to join them in serving Jesus. Beloved, let your faith come alive today with good works.
Prayer Point: father, please help me to add the virtue of good neighbor to my faith, so that the light of Christ may shine through me to the word.
Open Heavens Daily Devotional Lessons was written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, one of the largest evangelical Churches in the world and also the President of Christ the Redeemer's Ministries.
Sing hymn 12
Take my life, and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee;
Take my moments and my days,
Let them flow in ceaseless praise,
Let them flow in ceaseless praise.

Take my hands, and let them
At the impulse of Thy love;
Take my feet and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee,
Swift and beautiful for Thee.

Take my voice, and let me sing
Always, only, for my King;
Take my lips, and let them be
Filled with messages from Thee,
Filled with messages from Thee.

Take my sliver and my gold;
Not a mite would I withhold;
Take my intellect, and use
Every power as Thou shalt choose
Every power as Thou shalt choose.

Take my will, and make it Thine;
It shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart; it is Thine own;         
It shall be Thy royal throne,
It shall be Thy royal throne.

Take my love; my Lord, I pour
At Thy feet its treasure-store.
Take myself, and I will be
Ever, only, all for Thee,
Ever, only, all for thee

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