Does Your Identity Show Compassion?

Luke 10:25-37 (NKJV)
25 And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 He said to him, “What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?” 27 So he answered and said, “‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’ ” 28 And He said to him, “You have answered rightly; do this and you will live.” 29 But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 Then Jesus answered and said: “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. 33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. 34 So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’ 36 So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?” 37 And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

Do you have compassion? Compassion to stop or do you just pass on by? We can all relate to all 5 people in this story at different times in our lives. We have been the lawyer and wanted to question our walk and we know what we ought to do but do we do it? He knew what love was, but was he living it. There have been times we have not always shown love and we need to understand His love and share His love.

The second person we see in the story is the one that was attacked. We have all at one time felt attacked or persecuted and we questioned if anyone cared. We may have been out in the open and saw others ignore us or avoid us when we needed love and a friend. Yet we saw examples of the next three people in the story.

The third person we see is the priest. Now we see he looked and passed by on the other side. Are there times you are focused on your destination or job and miss out on doing God’s work? We tend to miss sharing His love at times when we focus on things other than Jesus. When we focus upon Him, He will guide our path and show us what to do every step of the way.

The fourth person in the story is the Levite. Can you relate to him? You see a need and go up to the person and then go on. You go on because of time, not who you thought they were, saw no benefit, or just no concern of yours. We need to see the need and allow God to work through us. There is a hurting world out there and we pass by people crying out all the time. Some we know and some we do not know, but God knows them all. That may be the reason you crossed paths so do not cross to the other side but allow His love to flow through you.

The last person we see in the story is the Samaritan. A person listening and trusting God. A person who puts others first. He sees the need and God allows him to be prepared and be used for His glory. He bandaged him, applied oil, gave him a ride, found a place to stay, stayed with him and paid for the stay. He had compassion not because of what was in it for him, but what he could do for others. By the way he paid for extra stay and trusted the Inn keeper to tell him if he owed more later. A man of compassion, trust and love truly showing us a beautiful example of loving your neighbor.

We all have people we see in need some are strangers, friends, co-workers, family members or even church members that are hurting. The question is do you see the need and allow His love to flow through you? Pray and ask for Jesus to show you all He wants you to see on your journey and you will be blessed as you bless others with love.