Many of you have probably read the story of The Good Samaritan in the Bible. A man, beat up, stripped of his clothes, and half dead was on the side of the road. Three men were walking down the same road, a priest, a Levite, and a Samaritan. The priest and the Levite passed by on the other side of the road, but the Samaritan took compassion on this man…”he took pity on him” the Bible says. So much pity that he took him to an inn and as he gave the innkeeper two denarii he said, “Look after him and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.”
We are called to love on others…even when it is hard or inconvenient. “Love your neighbor as yourself” Jesus said.
Is there anything else you see about this story?
Try putting yourself in the shoes of the man beaten and stripped on the side of the road.
I know I have been that man on the side of the road before…beaten up by life and just broken. It was Jesus who picked me up, brushed me off, and helped me get back on my feet.
So, when it becomes hard to love on others…remember what Jesus did for you at that time in your life. Remember the people who He put around you that showed you love no matter the circumstances. Jesus is the ultimate example of love and He is the reason we are able to love…His love pours out of us.
Another takeaway from this devotional is to not get so caught up in making your devotional time something you can check off of your list. Really listen in on what God is trying to tell you during that time. We all get caught going through the motions every once in awhile and sometimes we just in need of a little wake up call! So, if anything, we hope this devotional will cause you to refocus that time you are spending with God and open your heart to ALL that God is trying to tell you.