Luke 10:27-37, is an account of the parable of the Good Samaritan. The story, is of a man who was traveling toward his destination, when he encountered a band of bad guys who “stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead.” (vs. 30) A priest, one who should have rushed to his aid, being the very nature of his calling; but alas, this man of the cloth, saw the man lying in the road in his horrible state, and crossed the road away from him, and kept walking. Another man, one whom had been trained in the ways of the law, and again ought to have rushed to the aid of the hurting man, quickly crossed the road and avoided him, hurrying on his way as well. Finally, a Samaritan, one whom was considered a half-blood, a despised people among the Jews, not only stopped, but came to the rescue of the wounded man, and cared for him beyond just the moment along the side of the road. He took him to an inn in town, and paid for his care from his own pocket. Beyond that, he promised to cover any additional expenses that were necessary, all for the sake of an injured stranger.
The question an expert of the law had asked Jesus prior to the telling of the parable, was “And who is my neighbor?” (vs. 29) After Jesus had told him all of this, Jesus asked the man, “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” The expert in the law replied, “the one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” (vs. 36-37)
Three principles about loving our neighbor are highlighted in this passage:
1) Lack of love is often easy to justify, even though it is never right.
2) Our neighbor is anyone of any race, creed, or social background who is in need.
3) Love means acting to meet the person’s need. Wherever you live, there are needy people close by. There is no good reason for refusing help. (taken from NIV footnotes)
straight in the hurt face;
it meets it head on,
comes and extends grace.
Love looks at the need,
and offers a hand;
it shares what we have,
and does what it can.
Love makes no excuse,
turns not a blind eye;
it points to the One,
for whom all sin, died.
Love sees through His eyes,
the value of each;
all His created,
our reason to reach.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You love and value each and every one of Your created, equally. Thank You Jesus, for showing us what Love should look like. For You loved without limits – You touched the untouchable, You spoke to those whom society deemed socially unacceptable, You dined with sinners, and traveled with fishermen – You did not place value on power nor position nor wealth, but rather on those who were willing to set aside their own agendas and choose to follow You. Forgive us for thinking we are too busy to help, or that we have too little to make a difference. Help us to know what we are to do, and how we are to help, in all things and at all times. Thank You that if we slow down and listen, You will whisper what we are to do. Help us to hear You. Teach us to listen and love, as You so lavishly love us. May we be Your hands, heart and voice to the hurting, and may many come to know You through practical presentations of Your provision. Be glorified in all that we say and do. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.