“A certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him” (Luke 10:33).
“O Lord, show your love through us!” Such was the prayer of an earnest Christian. A young believer, when asked if she loved Jesus, was moved to tears; and she said in her heart, “What a dim light mine must be, if others are not sure that I love Jesus!” A Christian writer once said that the deadliest heresy is to be unloving.
God showed His love through the Good Samaritan. No one needed to ask him if he loved God. He was not guilty of the deadly heresy of being unloving. He had true compassion. He was not content to merely say a few pitying words. His sympathy took the practical form of doing something. He bound up the man’s wounds, and that was help of the best kind. He stopped the bleeding away of the sufferer’s life. He did not rest until he had him safely in a warm shelter.
But he did not even content himself with getting the man into an inn, and then throwing off further responsibility. He might have said, “I have done my share; let some other person look after him now.” However, he was in no hurry to get the case off his hands. He took care of the man for a time, and then he provided for the continuation of the care as long as it would be needed. The Good Samaritan is Christ’s own picture of what Christian love should be in every one of His disciples.
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All for our King’s glory,
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