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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Margin to Love

Date published: 06/05/2010

Luke 10:33-35 “But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. 'Look after him,' he said, 'and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’” (NIV)

This passage comes from the story of the Good Samaritan. Jesus taught this as an illustration to explain to you who your neighbor truly is. I am always convicted by four things the good Samaritan does in these verses: 1) He had compassion on someone he did not know; 2) He cared for a stranger’s immediate needs; 3) He took time to help this stranger recover; 4) He gave money for the stranger’s recovery. Once a month, I see a news clip about someone getting mugged, a hit and run, someone losing his home to fire or tornado, or an individual who desperately needs help and people continuing on with their lives not taking the time to help. Our electronic age, communication devices, consumer driven society, and materialistic lifestyles have desensitized, if not hardened, our hearts and emotions towards people. If this were not bad enough, we often take it one step further by judging those in need which theoretically frees us from becoming involved with the one in need. God wants you to live a compassionate, caring, and loving life that reflects the life of Jesus.  2 Corinthian 2:15 says, “For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.” We often hear of the importance of leaving yourself time to be flexible. Maybe we need to leave time for Christ to use us in the lives of those in need of the “aroma of Christ.” Pray each morning for God to give you the sensitivity to see those in need, the compassion to reach out to those who are hurting, the time to love those in desperation, and the resources to help others in need. Be an instrument today for God’s use and glory!

1 John 3:16-18 “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.” (NIV)