TUESDAY, JUNE 2
“But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion.”
Luke 10:33 (ESV)
LOVE BREAKS THROUGH BARRIERS
An airline company was disturbed over a high percentage of accidents, so they decided to eliminate human errors by building a completely computerized plane. “Ladies and gentlemen,” came an automated voice over the PA during the initial flight, “It may interest you to know that you are traveling in the world’s first completely automated and computerized plane. Now just sit back and relax because nothing can go wrong….go wrong….go wrong….go wrong…..”
We know that in life sometimes things do go wrong. And those wrong things typically present an opportunity for us to put love into action. In Luke 10, Jesus used the parable of the good Samaritan to demonstrate what it looks like to love our neighbor and fulfill the second greatest commandment when things go wrong. One of the most striking parts of this parable is that everything had gone wrong in the life of the man who was robbed and beaten. Yet, Jesus picked the “wrong” person, a Samaritan, to illustrate love. He broke ethnic, cultural, socio-economic and religious barriers to show love to this man.
Divisiveness and barriers are not new to the world. Even as our own nation seems more divided culturally, politically and racially than ever God is still on the throne. Barriers are an opportunity for Christians to show God’s love when maybe nobody else is doing it. Who are the people in your life that are the most unlike you? Do you have any issues with loving them that Jesus wants to change?