Biblical Basis for Neighboring
A Biblical Basis for Neighboring: the Church as Neighboring Volunteers
A man was traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho. Along the way, he was attacked by robbers and left for dead. A priest and a Levite both passed him by.
“But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him.” (Luke 10: 33-34)
At the end of the parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus asks, “Who was a neighbor to the man?”
The expert of the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” (Luke 10:37)
Who are our neighbors today? How are we to respond to them with mercy?
Jesus calls us to actively love those hurting and in need. This includes one of the most vulnerable groups in America today—women and children facing homelessness.
In His earthly life, Jesus exemplified the kind of neighboring love He calls us to. This love is costly because it demands sacrificially living and selflessly loving without expecting anything in return.
The body of Christ – the Church – can and must be a source of healing and wholeness for families facing homelessness, our neighbors. Bridge of Hope invites and equips Christians in local faith communities to show the love of Christ to these families, following Jesus’ call to “go and do likewise.”
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