But he, willing to justify himself, said to Jesus, And who is my neighbor?…
I. That religious profession and service have no necessary connection with real goodness.
II. We see that neighbourship is not cancelled by a difference of religion. But surely no differences of religion can cancel the duties which are anterior to all revealed religion whatsoever. If men do not see as we see, they are still men. And vet who does not know that a diversity of religious faith frequently operates as a check on all natural sympathy, and that poverty has often to starve on because it does not happen to lie within the enclosure of some theological shibboleth?
III. We see from this parable that true neighbourliness involves the spirit of sacrifice.
(E. Mellor, D. D.)
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