TUESDAY, AUGUST 30
33 But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. 34 He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’
The Samaritan is the only one who stops to care for the beaten man. What makes the Samaritan different? Compassion. In this story, compassion becomes the concrete expression of love. Verse 34-35 describe six explicit acts of compassion: 1)He went to Him 2) He bound up his wounds 3)Poured oil and wine 4)Put him on his donkey 5)Brought him to an inn 6) Paid for innkeeper to take care of Him. Compassion is not just a feeling, it is love in action!
David Sper’s poem says it this way,
“When you see someone in need,
Love demands a loving deed;
Don’t just say you love him true,
Prove it by the deeds you do.”
Compassion is love in action. May we have compassion on al those we cross paths with today.
Who can you show compassion to today?
Thank you for your Word. We pray that by your Spirit Luke 10:33-35 would change us into the likeness of Christ. We pray that we would have compassion today. We ask that we would not just have feelings but we would have concrete actions of love and service. Help us to love and serve our neighbors not just in word but in deed! We pray these in the your name by the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.