Devotions for September 27, 2017

LUKE 10:30-37

Parable of the Good Samaritan
30 Jesus replied with a story: “A Jewish man was traveling from Jerusalem down to Jericho, and he was attacked by bandits. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him up, and left him half dead beside the road.

31 “By chance a priest came along. But when he saw the man lying there, he crossed to the other side of the road and passed him by. 32 A Temple assistant[a] walked over and looked at him lying there, but he also passed by on the other side.

33 “Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt compassion for him. 34 Going over to him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. 35 The next day he handed the innkeeper two silver coins,[b] telling him, ‘Take care of this man. If his bill runs higher than this, I’ll pay you the next time I’m here.’

36 “Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?” Jesus asked.

37 The man replied, “The one who showed him mercy.”

Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same.”

COMPASSION AND REVERENCE

The poor man on the road to Jericho was robbed, beaten and left for dead. Neither a priest nor a temple assistant would stop to help him. Only the despised Samaritan felt compassion for the man and showed him the love a fellow child of God deserves. Through compassion, the Samaritan shunned rivalry and showed reverence.

PERSONAL REFLECTION

Q: What is this passage saying about compassion and mercy? If God showed you His mercy and compassion, should you not show mercy and compassion to others?

Q: What does this passage say to you about being a neighbor, a husband or wife, a parent, a friend?

Q: How will you allow compassion and mercy to guide your actions, changing your relationships from rivalry to reverence?

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