Today I, ____________________, will strive to be a good friend.
“Treat everyone with kindness and respect” – For the Strength of Youth
I, ____________________, commit to treating everyone with kindness and respect today.
(Continued from yesterday)
“…This do, and thou shalt live.”
“But the lawyer wasn’t satisfied with that. Knowing that there were strict rules and beliefs among the Jews regarding association with those not of the faith, he pressed the Lord for more information, hoping to trap Him in controversy: “And who is my neighbour?” he asked.
It was time, once again, to teach. Jesus drew upon one of His favorite and most effective teaching techniques: a parable, perhaps one of the most-beloved and well-known parables in all of Christendom.
You know the parable, how a man from Jerusalem was on his way to Jericho and fell among thieves and was left half dead. A certain priest passed by on the other side; neither did a Levite stop to help. Then Jesus taught:
“But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,
“And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.”
Then Jesus asked the lawyer one more question: “Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among thieves?”
And the lawyer replied: “He that shewed mercy on him.”
Then Jesus delivered His final instruction to the lawyer—and to all who have read the parable of the good Samaritan: “Go, and do thou likewise”” – Doctrine of Inclusion by M. Russell Ballard, emphasis added.
Want to know what exactly you’re committing to? Read the Friends section of For the Strength of Youth: http://forthestrengthofall.com/for-the-strength-of-youth/friends/
Ask yourself now and throughout the day, “Am I being a good friend?”