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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, April 12, 2017
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Today’s scripture reading:
From the illustration we learn three principles about loving our neighbor: (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; and (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 to help. (NLT)
Luke 10:25-37 – One day an expert in religious law stood up to test Jesus by asking him this question: “Teacher, what must I do to receive eternal life?”
Jesus replied, “What does the law of Moses say? How do you read it?”
The man answered, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
“Right!” Jesus told him. “Do this and you will live!”
The man wanted to justify his actions, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
Jesus replied with an illustration: “A Jewish man was traveling on a trip from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he was attacked by bandits. They stripped him of his clothes and money, beat him up, and left him half dead beside the road.
“By chance a Jewish priest came along; but when he saw the man lying there, he crossed to the other side of the road and passed him by. A Temple assistant walked over and looked at him lying there, but he also passed by on the other side.
“Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt deep pity. Kneeling beside him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with medicine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. The next day he handed the innkeeper two pieces of silver and told him to take care of the man. ‘If his bill runs higher than that,’ he said, ‘I’ll pay the difference the next time I am here.’
“Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?” Jesus asked.
The man replied, “The one who showed him mercy.”
Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same.”
“Which of these three . . . was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” [Jesus asked]. He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” –Luke 10:36-37 (NRSV)
Virginia Ruth (Maryland) titled her story “THE PATH OF MERCY;” here is Virginia’s story:
“Many people know the story of the good Samaritan and his compassion for the man who was in crisis. I find it interesting that the verb in today’s quoted verse is ‘showed.’ It doesn’t say ‘the one who spoke about mercy’ but rather the one who actively ‘showed him mercy.’ The Samaritan demonstrated his mercy by stopping his own journey, binding up the man’s wounds, transporting him to safety, and providing money so that his care would continue after he left. The Samaritan also returned and visited with the man once his journey’s obligations were finished.
“The good Samaritan did not just pat the man on the head, pray over him, and then go on his way. He devoted significant time and effort, especially as someone who was considered an outcast. His involvement cost him time, money, and personal risk. Jesus told the story to teach us what being a neighbor means and what a neighbor does, even when – or especially when – it calls for great sacrifice.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – To whom can I show God’s mercy today?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, teach us to be good neighbors, and guide us as we show compassion to others. Amen.
Prayer Focus: FOR A MORE COMPASSIONATE SOCIETY
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