Setting the Standard Love thy neighbour as thyself
"I'm alright Jack"

People say: "I couldn't care less "; "Why bother? It's not my business "; "Somebody else can sort it out "

The Bible says:  

"A man was once on his way down from Jerusalem to Jericho. He fell into the hands of bandits who stripped off his clothes, beat him and left him half dead. It so happened that a priest was going down that road and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. A Levite also came and passed by on the other side. But then a Samaritan traveller came along and was touched with pity. He brought him to a hotel and did what he could for him. Which of these three seems to you to have been a neighbour to the bandit's victim?"
Luke 10:30-37 (shortened)

"For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me a drink. I was lonely and you made me welcome. I was naked and you clothed me, I was ill and you came a looked after me. I was in Prison and you came to see me there ... I assure you that whatever you did for the humblest of my brothers, you did for me."
Matthew 25:35-36 and 40

"If you obey the royal law, expressed by the Scripture - 'Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself', all is well ..." Remember that if a man knows what is right and fails to do it, his failure is a real sin.
James 2:8

The victims of flood, earthquake and famine catch the headlines, but we must also remember those around us, the homeless, the poor, the elderly, the sick, the lonely. There is plenty of need even in a welfare state.

A final thought ...

from the Apostle Paul, one of Jesus' followers, when he wrote a letter to his friends in Philippi:

"Here is a last piece of advice. If you believe in goodness and if you value the approval of God, fix your minds on whatever is true and honorable and just and pure and lovely and praiseworthy. Model your conduct on what you have learned from me, on what I have told you and shown you, and you will find that the God of peace will be with you."

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