Thursday, September 30, 2010

When A Loved One or Stranger is Suffering

Today's bible study with my children was in Luke 10 regarding the parable of "The Good Samaritan". And, it got me thinking about what God's word says about serving others... especially when they are in great need like the man who was attacked by robbers in the parable.

And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" 26 He said to him, "What is written in the Law? How do you read it?" 27 And he answered, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself." 28 And he said to him, "You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live."

29 But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" 30 Jesus replied, "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. 32 So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. 34 He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, 'Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.' 36 Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?" 37 He said, "The one who showed him mercy." And Jesus said to him, "You go, and do likewise."
(Luke 10:25-37. ESV.)

A Choosy Servant Does Not a Good Samaritan Make

Hollywood makes movies about the desire to be a hero (or rescued by one), authors write books about it, poets compose sonnets regarding it and yet when it comes to reality and real people in distress, who is there for them? (And I am not only talking about widows and children, the homeless, the hungry, those who have lost everything due to hurricane, earthquake, tsunami, etc. I am also referring to the day to day individuals requiring assistance.) If God places someone in our life do we pass them by as the priest and Levite did or stop in our tracks and show empathy, grace, and tenderheartedness as the Samaritan did? Everyone is at risk of falling into tribulation. NO ONE is immune. Which leads me back to Luke 6:31 which says,
"And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them."
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