The Good SamaritanThursday, May 19, 2016
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.”
In verse 27 Jesus tells us to love the Lord our God with all of our heart, soul, strength and mind. He then tells us to love our neighbor as ourself. If we’re honest we'd have to admit how difficult that law is to keep without the help of the Holy Spirit in us!
The Lord knows our heart, He knows our intentions and our deepest desires. He has an awesome plan for our life, He has a plan to prosper us.
Psalms 111:9 tell us that Jesus redeemed us, Psalms 16:11 tells us that He filled us with joy. Isaiah 40:31 tells us that He renewed us and Psalms 5:12 tells us that He surrounds us with His favor.
The more we realize how much God loves US, the easier it will be for us to love Him. He loves us so much that He took all of our sin, shame, sickness, and weakness upon Himself on the cross. He died in our place! The more we look to Jesus and learn of His unconditional love toward us, the easier it will be for us to love Him which in turn will make it easier to love others.
Many people just act religious, like the people in the story who walked by the man hurt on the street. They were just acting like they knew God, but they really didn’t.
The good samaritan really knew God. God loves and gives. The more you know Him, the more you’ll act like Him.
Know today that you are so loved by the creator of the universe. He knew you before you were even born!
Instead of walking by people who are hurting, take time to comfort them knowing that your Father in heaven would do the same for you.