Let us love one another, for love is from God.  1 John 4:7

The unclothed, beaten, half-dead man on the ground in Jesus’ “good Samaritan” parable was most likely Jewish. Samaritans and Jews were not very neighborly; in fact, they had despised each other for hundreds of years! When Jesus was explaining this parable, the lawyer would probably assume the Samaritan would have been the one indifferent towards the wounded man.  

You must have compassion regardless of distinction.

We are to “go and do likewise” when it comes to seeing someone in need (Luke 10:37). The differences you have with the wounded travelers in your ecosystem do not matter. “If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need, but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person” (1 John 3:17)? If you are having trouble truly showing compassion to those who are different, act in love towards them.  

Do you have compassion regardless of distinction?

Live Forever Free,

Matt

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