Luke 10:30-32 (AMP) 30 Jesus, [a]taking him up, replied, A certain man was going from Jerusalem down to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him of his clothes and belongings and beat him and went their way, [[b]unconcernedly] leaving him half dead, as it happened. 31 Now by [c]coincidence a certain priest was going down along that road, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 A Levite likewise came down to the place and saw him, and passed by on the other side [of the road].
Wow, all these people passed this poor fellow – including a priest. We indicate how important it is to love people as a Christian – but the question is in reality, do you behave like the priest? We may be and not even realize it. Love is not only shown in the obvious, but the unobvious acts of love. In other words, do you love people when nobody is looking because you recognize a need? Are you able to do something kind for someone without bragging about it to others? Are you loving for the right reasons? I apologize this is so blunt.
Luke 10:33-34 (AMP) 33 But a certain Samaritan, as he traveled along, came down to where he was; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity and sympathy [for him], 34 And went to him and dressed his wounds, pouring on [them] oil and wine. Then he set him on his own beast and brought him to an inn and took care of him.
The bible puts this love in and extreme example for our understanding. Not all opportunities to love people are that obvious. We need to recognize the little opportunities in life and show love in those circumstances.
This Samaritan was going somewhere just as the priest and the Levite were, but chose to help out of love. If those who are not Christian can show love like this, then we as Christians should be able to do so as well. There’s opportunity in a pew at church that you may not be sitting in weekly. You likely have a family member who you could show love to.
We just need to look around and see what needs we can meet on a daily basis and not wait for some big campaign to occur for us to do our part. It is great to participate in campaigns but we need to make it a habit to show love on a regular basis rather than participate on occasion in church sponsored or small-group giving events.
If you would like to accept Jesus as your savior, and you are not quite sure how, it is as simple as saying a prayer to God letting Him know you are ready to accept Him into your life. Say this prayer if you would like to invite Jesus to live in your heart:
Father God, I love you and believe in you. I need you Lord and I am sorry for my sins and the way that I live. Lord, I want you in my life. I receive Jesus as my savior and Lord. I believe that Jesus died for me and rose from the dead. Lord take me as I am and make me the way you want me to be. God, thank you for saving me and being with me on my journey. I am looking forward to my journey with you Lord. I know you will equip me for my journey and I am glad I have you by my side as I walk this walk of Life. Thank you Lord, I love you. Amen