Plot Twist: Week 3 - Day 3
Father, today, let our hearts be open to hear what you have to say to us. Thank you for all the blessings and opportunities we have in front of us today.
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 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.”
What does compassion mean? What it really comes down to is having a heart for others. We can get so focused on ourselves: our to-do lists, our goals, and our own troubles. The Samaritan could have focused on his travel and ignored the man on the side of the road. He was traveling on one of the most dangerous roads, filled with robbers and thieves who were out for blood. He could have kept his head down, walking quickly on his way, but he chose to stop and help someone with whom he could easily have been enemies. The Samaritan was in a completely different cultural circle than the man on the side of the road. But compassion sees through boundaries that society puts up. Compassion is showing the heart of God. This heart cared so much for his people that he created the ultimate rescue plan, saving us from the side of the road where sin had attacked us and left us for dead. He chose to have compassion on us, even when we rejected him and his plan for us. “For while you were still sinners, Christ died for you.” (Romans 5:8). How we show this beautiful love to others is through compassion. Through compassion we see people on the side of the road and say, “Hey, I’ve been there too. But I love you and I care about you. Let me help you up.”
Write down the main three “idea words” in this verse: Know, Rely, and Live (like Jesus). Also jot down ideas that will help you get better at each word.
God, you are so good to us. Your son shows us through his sacrifice just how unfathomable your love for us is. We pray that your love would truly change us from the inside out. We pray that we would know and rely on your love. Lastly, we pray that you would give us the strength to live this love out.