But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
A man does not choose his neighbor; he must take the neighbor God sends him. The neighbor is just the man who is next to you at the moment, the man with whom any business has brought you into contact. ~ George MacDonald
During our lifetime, God sends us many “neighbors.” Even the person standing ahead of us in the supermarket checkout line is our neighbor, briefly. Though doubtless Jesus passed by many people with whom He had no direct encounter, He was very aware of the “God-appointments” that prompted conversation. Examples include the woman at the well, Zacchaeus and of course, the disciples as He called each of them to follow Him. In the same way, He has called us; and we have thus became His neighbors.
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