ENHANCE YOUR COMPASSION
Are you familiar with the term Good Samaritan? Perhaps you have lived near a Good Samaritan Hospital or Retirement Center. But what is the story behind the name?
The story of the Good Samaritan was one of Jesus’ most well-known parables (Luke 10:25-37).
|A Country Road to Travel|
The first two men who passed by saw a needy person, but simply moved to the other side of the road. Unfortunately, each was a religious leader but compassion was sadly lacking. It would seem they had an out of sight, out of mind attitude.
Jesus was telling this story in an area where Samaritans were looked down upon. Yet He made one a hero.
I always think of The Samaritan as a traveling business man. He treated the man’s wounds, placed him on his own donkey and took him to an inn.
He could have let it go at that, but he didn’t. He gave the inn keeper some money and said, “Take care of this man and, when I return, I’ll pay more as needed.”
He could have looked at the man in need, simply felt sorry for him, and continued his journey. But Jesus made a strong point about enhanced compassion.
|Another Road to Travel|
Each of the three men on the road were alone with their feelings. No one was there to force them into action. The Good Samaritan volunteered himself to help another.
It’s the same with you and me. When we feel compassion, how will we act on it? Or will we act at all?