“He answered: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart
and with all your soul and with all your strength and
with all you mind, and, Love your neighbor as yourself.
You have answered correctly,’ Jesus replied.
‘Do this and you will live.’ But he wanted to justify himself,
so he asked Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbor?'”

Luke 10:27-29, NIV

In the parable of the good Samaritan we see a religious judge trying to trip Jesus up with his trick questions. He asked Jesus, “OK, who is my neighbor that I am supposed to love as much as myself?” Jesus tells the story of the man who was beaten, robbed and left for dead on the path leading from Jerusalem to Jericho. It was a very desolate and dangerous road to travel. There were two religious leaders who passed by separately, the Levite and the priest. They were too busy to help the man. But Jesus showed who the real neighbor was…the Samaritan.

The religious leaders did not like the Samaritans. They saw them as their enemies. But despite the differences, the Samaritan did what Jesus would have each of us do for a hurting man. The real neighbor in this story had legs of mercy. (Luke 10:30, 33) He went out of his way in a dangerous environment to help. We also see in this passage (v. 33) that he had eyes of compassion for him.

He also had hands of caring for a man he did not even know. Verse 34 says he bandaged the man, pouring oil and wine on his wounds to heal and disinfect them. Jesus said he acted with a heart of love. Love is action. Luke 10:35 tells he gave several days’ wages to give him a place to stay until he got well.

QUESTION: Is there someone you know beaten, battered and bruised from this cruel world? Maybe you are the one God is calling to help them. You cannot help everyone, but each of us can help someone. As a family, can you think of a boy, girl or a family that might need some help, someone that you and your family can minister to together?