SCRIPTURE: Luke 10:30-37 (NKJV)
The story of the Good Samaritan is one of the many popular stories in the Bible. The story speaks of a man traveling on a dangerous road and is harmed while he’s on his journey. The man is wounded so badly that he’s at the brink of death. Two men of prestige, a Priest and a Levite, at two different times, notice the wounded man, but do nothing to help him. The Bible clearly states that these two men of prestige, passed by the wounded man on the other side. In other words, they blatantly ignored the injured man and crossed the street as to not help him.
All hope was not lost for the injured man, who was lying there half dead. God had someone in the right place at the right time. On this same path, a Samaritan was traveling. Now, for a Samaritan to be traveling on this particular road was not common practice. The Samaritan himself was taking a risk by being on this road as well, but when the Samaritan saw that the injured man was in need, he didn’t hesitate to assist him. The Samaritan went above and beyond. He made sure the man-made it to safety, and took care of him for a day. He made arrangements for him to stay in an inn while he recovered, and he also paid for those arrangements. The Samaritan’s act of kindness didn’t stop there. The Samaritan promised the innkeeper that if he’d hadn’t initially given him enough money to take care of the wounded man, that he would reimburse him when he came again to the city.
This parable teaches a lesson of ‘selflessness’. The Samaritan could have continued on his journey and ignored the suffering man, as the others had, but he recognized who his neighbor was, and put the need of another as his priority.
At the end of the parable, Jesus declares that we, as children of God, are supposed to show mercy toward others as the Good Samaritan had done.
“Go and do likewise”
- The ones that probably were expected to help, didn’t
- Help came from the least expected
- The Samaritan went out of his way to help
- The Samaritan gave of himself. He gave the injured man his best
- Jesus commands us to help others when we see a need
Lord God in the name of Jesus, I come before you now asking for your divine forgiveness. Lord I know you are a holy, loving, kind and forgiving God. There is no other God like you. God I thank you for your Son Jesus and your plan of redemption. Lord, I come before you now asking that you open the eyes of my heart. Lord I ask that you let me see things the way you see them. Lord let your love saturate me and overtake me. Father God make me attentive to those around me that are in need. God equip me to carry out your work and to selflessly give of myself in order to help others. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
By: Denise Kelley
Denise A. Kelley was born in Mississippi and raised in Queens, NY. She now currently resides in Roanoke, VA. Denise is currently employed as a Quality Analyst for Blue Cross and Blue Shield. She has worked for this company for seventeen years. Denise’s goal is to transition into a full-time author, speaker, etc.
Denise has a short story featured in The Motherhood Diaries 2, by National Bestseller, Mrs. ReShonda Tate Billingsley, entitled The Diary of a Ninja Mom.
Denise is very active in her church and church’s organization. She has written numerous church plays that have been performed in her community.
Denise has had a passion for reading and writing since childhood. Denise’s debut novel entitled: 70×7: The Road to Forgiveness was released in 2014. Denise’s second novel entitled: Revenge: Sweet As Cain was recently released Dec. 2015. Denise writes under the pen name D. A. Kelley.
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