Why did the Good Samaritan stop to help when others passed by the man in need? -- Unlike the indifference or apathy of others who passed by, he felt compassion. Read Luke 10:30-37.
As followers of Jesus Christ, we too should find ourselves moved to help those in need. We have multiple reasons to act rather than pass by.
Good Reasons for Christians to Come Alongside to Help People in Need:
It's a way to show love.
Love your neighbor as yourself. (Matt. 22:39) -- My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. (Jn. 15:12-13) -- Serve one another in love. (Gal. 5:13)
It's a part of making disciples.
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. (Matt. 28:19-20)
It's what body life is all about.
If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. (1 Cor. 12:26) -- Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. (Rom. 12:15) -- Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. (Gal. 6:2)
It's a reflection of the character of our Lord Jesus.
For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. (Mk. 10:45) -- Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus. (Phil. 2:4-5)
The People Helping Ministry Manual includes these reasons to help one another as well as the content on the following pages on ways to be involved in caring and compassionate ministries:
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