Monday, May 2, 2016

+DEV+ The Good Samaritan

Date: May 2, 2016 at 11:13 PM
Topic: +DEV+  The Good Samaritan

The Good Samaritan

"By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." John 13:35

Scripture Focus: Luke 10:25-37

In Jesus' day bitter animosity between Jews and Samaritans was well established. The Jews considered their pure Hebrew blood superior to that of interbred Samaritans; the Samaritans despised the Jews' condescending smugness. To put it bluntly, they hated each other. 

It was unheard of for Jews and Samaritans to mix socially, and still more improbable that they would make even the smallest sacrifice for each other. Jesus desperately desired to show His followers that every person is our brother, that only He can recreate in us hearts of compassion. 

The Samaritan in Jesus' parable had just such a changed heart. He did more than save his enemy's life...he went to considerable trouble and expense to ensure this stripped, stricken Jew had shelter, food and medical care for as long as it took to heal. 

Wounded people are all around us, and Jesus calls us to minister to them. Might He put a hurting one across your path today? Meet that need with Christ's lovingkindness, regardless of bias or cultural differences.

Insight: Knowing God's law is not enough... we must also put it into action!

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