|Posted by saintisaac on February 14, 2010 at 1:24 PM|
Continuing our dialogue about the Good Samartian...
The driving force of our actions as Christians should never be to earn eternal life. Our service and love to others should always stem from the complete and total work of love accomplished on the cross of Calvary. Through the cross, Christ demonstrated in action, his love for us. He did not pass by, He did not ignore our struggle, He stopped! He saw us…took pity on us…and laid down his life that we might live.
2 Cor 5:14
"For Christ's love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died."
In our own strength, we will never accomplish the feats required to inherit eternal life. But as we acknowledge our shortcomings and yield to Christ’s love flowing through us, we will be empowered to see those in need and to take pity. For we are that man in Luke 10:30, who fell into the hands of robbers, we have been left for dead. Thank God for a Savior who didn’t leave us that way.
In Luke 10 v. 34, we see the length that the Good Samaritan was willing to go to ensure the half-dead man was taken care of. “He went to him, bandaged his wounds, poured oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him.” He also paid for the man’s stay at the inn and promised that if more money were needed, he (the Samaritan) would be good for it.
What a picture of love for another. My mind is drawn to how our Savior continues to bandage wounds, pour oil and wine. He places individuals on his donkey and takes them to His inn, the Church! All of this at no cost to the recipient.
What paralyzes many Christians from acting when they observe a social injustice or other situation that requires intervention?
What can you do to make a difference in the life of one other person?
Share a random act of kindness that has been done for you or that you have done for someone else.