Jesus Tells The Parable of The Good Samaritan
Luke 1-:30-37 ” A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him for dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. BUT a Samaritan , as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an Inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denari and gave it to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him’, he said , and when I return, I will reimburse you for ant extra expense you may have.
Are we good samaritans? For most of us I would say we are. I have to say when I was a child and teenager I wasn’t so good at helping people in need. As a child I was afraid if someone was seriously ill, or hurt. But during my my later teenage years, I began to grow. I began to have compassion for those in need, ill, or the hurting. I began to want to help. By the time I was an adult, I felt convicted to help others.
Out of the people we met in the parable; The robbers, the priest, the Levite and the samaritan; It was the samaritan who treated the wounded as as someone to love. There are a few things here to be seen 1) Lack of love is often easy to justify, 2) Our neighbor is anyone of any race, creed or background who is in need, 3)Love means acting to meet a persons need. Wherever we live there is usually someone living closeby who is in need.
Basically, there”s no good reason for refusing to help. The Law Commands Love.
Blessings Friends ~~Paula~~