October 29, 2014

Read: Luke 10:25-37

Jesus said we are to love our neighbor as our self. What could we be thinking that would cause us to pass up people in need? Perhaps we think “They deserve it.” “They did it to themselves." “They will never change." Or how about, “Someone else will take care of it.”

The Pharisees thought they could be excused by asking, “Who is my neighbor?" But Jesus told them a story where a Samaritan, who could have thought all these things about a Jew, stopped and helped a Jew, who was hurting on the side of the road. He said, "Going over to him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. The next day he handed the innkeeper two silver coins, telling him, Take care of this man. If his bill runs higher than this, I’ll pay you the next time I’m here."

Jesus had a point to make and wanted us to hear it. He looked at the crowd and asked, “Who do you think was acting as if the hurting man was his neighbor?” And here is the critical answer, “The one who showed him mercy!”

Y’all, this is a great story. But Jesus didn’t ask us what we thought about the story. Instead He looked at the crowd and said, “Go and do the same.” Who is the neighbor I am obliged to love? Y’all, they are the ones who are hurting that we come across in our path today. God blesses those that show mercy.

Pray: 

Adoration: God is holy, mighty, gracious, and merciful. Spend time declaring your love for Him and expressing your thoughts of praise and worship. 

Confession: Ask God to search your heart and reveal any areas of unconfessed sin. Acknowledge these to the Lord and thank Him for His forgiveness. 

Thanksgiving: Express your thankfulness to God for the blessings He has given you. When we consider that we deserve punishment because of our sinfulness, and instead God gives to us His love and mercy, our only response should be one of thankfulness. 

Supplication: Petition God for spiritual insight and understanding of His Word.  Ask Him to help you know what is His direction and purpose for your life.  Intercede for other believers, personal friends, those in ministry and those who are oppressed and in need. Offer prayers for your activities for this day and any special concerns you might have.