Who Is My Neighbour?

August 14, 2018
by Cheryl Mariano (Cheremiah)

Luke 10:29 – But [the lawyer], willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour? (KJV)

I recall an instance in my life when I found forgiveness to be an extreme struggle to resolve.

One evening, I had just finished reading Jesus' parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:25-37. I closed my Bible, and said out loud, "That's a good question, Lord. Who is my neighbour?"

I envisioned myself upon the road to Jericho, where an angel appeared. "Fear not," the angel said to me. "The Lord Jesus Christ has sent me to you."

On the road, I saw two people lying face down, badly beaten, near death, in desperate need of help.

On top of a large rock next to the bodies were two golden vials, one for each wounded person. The angel explained, "The oil and wine in the vials have healing properties that will make them whole again. The Lord Jesus Christ sent you here to help your neighbour." My heart welled up with love and compassion.

Very gently, the angel turned each person face up. The first person had reached out to me during one of the darkest, most hopeless periods in my life. This person had given me hope, showing me genuine, unconditional love and mercy, and lifted me up when I so desperately needed it.

But I gasped in horror as I looked upon the face of the other person. Angrily, I blurted out, "This person took extreme advantage of me and did immeasurable damage to my self-esteem! I was abused not only physically, but mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, and suffered great fear and depression."

Covering my face, I began to tremble, and wept uncontrollably. I kept shaking my head in utter disbelief. Raw feelings of rage, hatred, bitterness, and revenge had surfaced — feelings that I didn't even know I had.

I couldn't deal with all of this! But hadn't Jesus sent the angel to me? Then surely, this could only be for my good.

The angel looked at me and said, "Who is your neighbour, and what will you do?"

With head bowed and heart extremely heavy, my flesh wrestled with my spirit. I kept looking back and forth at the figures on the road and the golden vials, then finally, I stammered out my answer. "Two," I said. "I'll take both vials!"

With that answer, a peace and joy that I had never known began to pour over me. I dried my tears as I went to gather the vials from the rock. To my surprise, I saw Jesus standing there, and my heart leaped!

"So, You didn't leave me here to do this all by myself," I said, relieved and happy.

"I was here all the time," Jesus said to me. "You just couldn't see Me clearly because hatred and unforgiveness distorted your vision."

Then, with a smile on His face that melted my heart, the Living Oil and Wine took my hand as we walked over to the bodies, and I watched as He gently and so lovingly administered healing and restored them.

There is a wonderful release of healing, joy, love, and cleansing that springs forth from the well of forgiveness.

Apologies are nice to receive from someone who has wronged us, but what if we never get an apology? What if the person who hurt us has passed away? God knows exactly how we feel. Forgiveness is life changing!

Prayer: Lord, thank You for knowing exactly how we feel in every situation. Thank You for the power of forgiveness. Help us to choose today to forgive those who have trespassed against us. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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Cheryl Mariano (Cheremiah) <cherylmariano@gmail.com>
Chandler, Arizona, USA

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Beautiful!


    Forgiveness is truly life changing. A great word.


    Thank you for this! It was very moving, and healing too!


    What a powerful and moving image!
    Thank you for sharing it!


    Very true Cheryl. Thanks for a good word.
    Blessings.


    Thank you for your very powerful message. We can all use it.
    Tearfully.


    Wow! That is an awesome story. It gives me a picture of forgiveness – I always do better if I have a picture. Thank you so much for sharing this experience.


    Thank you, Cheryl, for sharing this touching parable with us. Let us pray, “Lord Jesus, enable us to be merciful and compassionate to all our neighbors for your name’s sake, Amen.” Blessings.


    Cheryl,
    Your devotion came to me today giving me hope that I can forgive.
    God forgave me and I now need to forgive my son.
    Thanks again for your devotional today.


    Dear Cheryl,
    Yes, “Forgiveness is life-changing.” Knowing the total forgiveness of Jesus Christ enables us to forgive others.
    Thank you.
    Keep writing for Jesus’ sake.


    A very moving devotional. We have often thought maybe people do not realize how much they have hurt us. They seem to just go on their merry way but we do not know that.
    One couple asked me not to contact them any more as I only saw the good side of everything.
    (ON)


    Hi Cheryl,
    We are involved in prison ministry where forgiveness is a big part of the program.
    It is incredible to see how the talks and the process of forgiveness work on the inmates.
    We all need to forgive and we also need forgiveness.
    Those who are in prison often don’t believe that they deserve any forgiveness. To see them realize that they do, in fact, deserve and can be forgiven is so rewarding because suddenly they see that Jesus is there for them, something they were not aware of before.


    Dear Cheryl:
    I have been exactly where you were. Decades after all these terrible things happened to me, I attended the Alpha program as I was searching for answers.
    During one of our discussion times, my pastor told me that Jesus was with me when all these horrors happened to me and He wept. My pastor also told me that forgiveness was the only way to be free. He was right!
    I want to thank you for helping me to remember all that is good in this world and that is Jesus.
    May He bless you and help you always.


    Good Morning Cheremiah, My Husband and I read your Devotion. We both Loved it! I saw he had tears in his eyes- and he kept repeating; “Wow…wow…oh wow… that’s good…that’s Really good!” Then I found my own heart crying out to the Lord, to please help others that I may have sinned against or hurt in any way, to please forgive me. I cannot thank Jesus enough for suffering and dying on the cross for all of the sins of the world. Especially mine. And I rejoice that Jesus rose from the dead! John 3:17 “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” (KJV) May God bless your Devotion Cheremiah, and touch everyone’s life who reads and does it!


    Thanks for your devotional. You might like The Benediction by Anthony deMello 293


    Hi Cheryl
    wow, this was a good one! I was walking through it as if it i was the one in the story. It is so true, forgiveness brings such joy and freedom, amazing. I always say ‘forgiveness is the quickest and best weight loss program!’
    God bless.


    Thank you, Cheryl, for a wonderful devotion. What a good challenge for all of us.

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