Loving your neighbour will go a long way towards a better world

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THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: By Pastor Kevin Taylor of South Holland Community Church, Spalding

It seems like every time we see the news on the television or listen to the radio or open up a newspaper there is always someone falling out with someone else about what often turns out to be a storm in a teacup.

Now before you shout me down I am, of course, aware that there are many conflicts in the world where major things are taking place and people are losing their lives on a daily basis, as well as many becoming displaced.

Once again before you prejudge what I have to say and are tempted to accuse me of over-simplification I want to take us all back to the parable of the Good Samaritan.

You see what is often not realised from the story is that the Samaritans and the Jews didn’t actually get along and yet it was the Samaritan who saved the life of the injured Jew, and not his fellow countrymen.

Jesus reminds his followers that they should “Love their neighbour (their fellow human beings) as themselves”. Although it isn’t always easy, if we can put this teaching into practise it will go a long way to making for a better world.