Just A Thought for December 1December 1, 2016
Just A Thought for December 2December 2, 2016
We all know the parable of the Good Samaritan. There are lots of things we could look at in here but let’s look at the conclusion statement by Jesus. A lawyer came to Jesus to test Him concerning fine points of the law. Guess he didn’t know he was testing the one who wrote the law. He made the mistake of asking Jesus who exactly was a neighbor if we were to love our neighbor as ourselves. The lawyer thought this was a loophole in the law but Jesus closed it up in a hurry with His parable. His conclusion: “And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise” (Luke 10:37). Jesus pointed out that the foreigner did the right thing while the religious folk failed miserably. The conclusion was that the Good Samaritan showed mercy, and that’s what the lawyer should go and do. Mercy is the “outward manifestation of pity; it assumes need on the part of him who receives it, and resources adequate to meet the need on the part of him who shows it” (Vine’s). Mercy is not getting what you deserve. That’s a good trait for a Christian to have and display toward others because of God’s mercy on us.