Jesus' parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:29-37 challenges us to extend mercy to those in need. In this story, the priest, Levite and Samaritan all saw the need but only the Samaritan stopped to help.
The Good Samaritan stopped to help because he felt compassion.
He had so many reasons not to stop to help the man who had been robbed, beaten, and left almost dead. But, he hurdled the social and religious stigmas and he looked beyond the personal cost of his time and resources. He allowed himself to be so deeply moved by this person in need that helping became the only option.
That's what true compassion does. It compels us to act, to do what we can. Like the Good Samaritan, we might not be the one to take care of the person's every need but we do what we can, when we can.
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Being a Good Samaritan Can Involve a Variety of People Helping Ministries
People we meet along the road of life may have varying kinds of needs -- physical, financial, emotional, etc. They may have experienced loss, trauma, abuse, etc. Being a Good Samaritan may not look exactly like the person in Jesus' parable but if moved by compassion, as he was, we will act in some way appropriate to the need.
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