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Neighbors helping neighbors
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The Atlanta metro still has people who are willing to go the extra mile, still good neighbors. I actually am acquainted with my neighbors, especially the ones who relocated after Hurricane Katrina. We’ve shared the bounties of our gardens with each other. And I must admit that with her experience and knowledge of gardening, she has shared more than we have.
After this recent winter snow storm, many were on the streets assisting stranded and distressed motorists, nearby. Homeowners walked to the road to offer assistance as drivers struggled to get up a hill, while truck drivers helped to pull others out of ditches. Those who helped were like angels to those in need of help.
Jesus taught a lesson in a parable, as He often did, on being a good neighbor when asked the question, “Who is my neighbor?” Sometimes we miss the first part about loving God first and foremost and then to love our neighbors as ourselves. Although the second part is great, it is inconsequential without the prior. In fact, the good works done by so many will be weighed by a righteous and holy God, and the only good deeds that will count in the eyes of God are those done motivated by a devotion and love of Christ.
“And Jesus answered him, ‘The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.’” Matthew 12:29-31 (KJV)
Good works are great, but good works will not merit a place in heaven for anyone. Jesus is the only way.
“Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” Matthew 7:22-23 (KJV)
“Then said they unto him, ‘What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?’” ‘Jesus answered and said unto them, “This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.’” John 6:27-29
“Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.” Matthew 5:13 (KJV)
While being a good neighbor is very important, and many were while others were recipients of those who offered a helping hand to those in need, in the end, the good works are not enough. The only way to heaven is to place faith and belief in Christ Jesus, the Son of the Living God.

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