Jesus’ Life: Chapter 10 – Jesus’ Last Journey To Jerusalem
When Jesus was asked by a Jewish Expert in the Law who was his neighbour, He told him this parable:
There once was a man who was beaten by robbers, stripped and left half-dead by the roadside. By chance a priest was passing by and saw him but, he crossed over to the other side to avoid him. Then a Levite came upon him but again, he crossed over to the other side. Finally, a Samaritan saw the injured man and “felt compassion for him”. He cleaned and dressed his wounds, and transported him to an Inn. The next day he gave the Innkeeper two silver coins for his upkeep until he got better. He also told the Innkeeper that if his costs were any more, he would pay him whenever he returned the next time.
Then Jesus asked the Expert in the Law which of the three men became a neighbour to the beaten man. The Expert in the law answered, “The one who showed mercy to him”. Jesus replied, “Go and do the same”. (Luke 10:29-37)
We must have compassion for everyone in need of help, regardless of their culture and even if they are our enemy. We are all neighbours.
Lord Jesus, give me a heart equal in love to the anger shown by my enemies. Amen.
Prayer: Love (1Corinthians 13:4-7)
Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It is not rude, it is not self-seeking,
it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts,
always hopes and always perseveres.