In Luke 10, Jesus related the story of the Good Samaritan in the context of being asked what one must do to inherit eternal life. The answer was to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, strength and mind AND to love your neighbour as yourself. This two-part reply is like two sides of a coin; both are equally important. Loving our neighbour is NOT something done “if you feel like it,” “as a means to an end,” “when it is convenient” or “if they believe like you do.” We know this because a crucial follow-up question was asked: “WHO IS MY NEIGHBOUR?”
In response, Jesus taught the Good Samaritan Principle:
- The Samaritan observed a need as he passed by a stranger – as he was going about an ordinary day.
- The Samaritan had nothing to do with the assault on the man. He was not at all responsible for the victim’s situation.
- The Samaritan took it upon himself to care for the victim’s needs, even at personal cost, inconvenience and possibly endangering himself.
- The Samaritan followed up on the well-being of the man.
Jesus; concluding exhortation: “Go and do likewise… “
- What does Luke 10 say about justice and/or compassion?
- What does it mean for the church/followers of Christ today?
- How can I apply this today?