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Today's devotional from The Upper Room.

Luke 10:25-37 (NRSV)

10:25 Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. "Teacher," he said, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?"
10:26 He said to him, "What is written in the law? What do you read there?"
10:27 He answered, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself."
10:28 And he said to him, "You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live."
10:29 But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?"
10:30 Jesus replied, "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead.
10:31 Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
10:32 So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.
10:33 But a Samaritan while traveling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity.
10:34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
10:35 The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, 'Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend.'
10:36 Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?"
10:37 He said, "The one who showed him mercy." Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."


Today's Devotional

Many people know the story of the good Samaritan and his compassion for the man who was in crisis. I find it interesting that the verb in today’s quoted verse is “showed.” It doesn’t say “the one who spoke about mercy” but rather the one who actively “showed him mercy.” The Samaritan demonstrated his mercy by stopping his own journey, binding up the man’s wounds, transporting him to safety, and providing money so that his care would continue after he left. The Samaritan also returned and visited with the man once his journey’s obligations were finished.

The good Samaritan did not just pat the man on the head, pray over him, and then go on his way. He devoted significant time and effort, especially as someone who was considered an outcast. His involvement cost him time, money, and personal risk. Jesus told the story to teach us what being a neighbor means and what a neighbor does, even when — or especially when — it calls for great sacrifice.

Virginia Ruth (Maryland, USA)

Thought for the Day:
To whom can I show God’s mercy today?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, teach us to be good neighbors, and guide us as we show compassion to others. Amen.
Prayer Focus: For a more compassionate society

Date: 2017-04-13 02:53 am (UTC)
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