God, give us the courage and strength we need to do what you ask of us.
Read: Luke 10:25-37 (NIV)
25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” 27 He answered, “‘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, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” 28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.” 29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 In reply Jesus said: “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 half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 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. 35 The next day he took out two denarii[c] and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ 36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” 37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
After Jesus tells this heart-wrenching parable, He asks the expert in v. 36, “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” The expert answers, “The one who had mercy on him.” The good Samaritan stopped what he was doing and bent down to help a stranger with compassion. He quit his agenda. In v. 34-35 it says that the Samaritan bandaged this stranger’s wounds with his own oil and wine. He used his own donkey to take the man to an inn and paid for any treatment that he could need. The Samaritan, a social outcast, loves whole-heartedly. He loves without pretense. He loves without expecting anything in return. He loves without prejudice. He loves the man as he loves himself. At the end of the story, Jesus says to the people something so incredibly simple, but something we should take deep into our heart and lives. “Go and do likewise.”
How do you love those around you? Are you loving them as you love yourself?
Father, let us love as you loved us-without pretense and without expecting anything in return. You gave us everything and we thank you.