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A driver gave his insurance company this shocking excuse for his accident. He said, “An invisible car came out of nowhere, struck my vehicle, and vanished.” Years ago, a Jewish lawyer was also creative. We see in Luke 10 how he tested Jesus by asking Him: “Teacher what should I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus replied, “What does the law of Moses say?” He answered, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind. And ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” “That is right!” Jesus said. “Do this and you will live!” The man wanted to justify his actions [or excuse his selfish inaction], so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus told him this story: “A Jewish man traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho was attacked by bandits. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him up, and left him half dead beside the road. A priest came along. But when he saw the man lying there, he crossed to the other side of the road and passed him by. A Temple worker walked over, looked at him, but he also passed him by on the other side. Then a despised Samaritan came along; when he saw the man, he felt compassion for him. Going over to him, he soothed the man’s wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged him up. He put him on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him.” Jesus helped this lawyer see that excuses, no matter how creative, can never substitute for putting love into action, despite a person’s ethnicity, creed, or color.

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