WEDNESDAY, MAY 26
Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt compassion for him.
Luke 10:33 (NLT2)
MY LOVE IS MEASURED BY WHO I’M FOR, NOT WHAT I’M AGAINST
A linguistics professor was lecturing his class. “In English,” he explained, “a double negative forms a positive. In some languages, such as Russian, a double negative is still a negative.” “However,” the professor continued, “there is no language wherein a double positive can form a negative.” A voice from the back of the room piped up, “Yeah, right.”
The Jews saw Samaritans in so many negative ways. Yet, Jesus took the negativity associated with the Jewish understanding of a “despised Samaritan” and transformed it into our positive understanding of a “Good Samaritan.” The Oxford Dictionary one as “A charitable or helpful person.” Merriam-Webster dictionary defines one as “a person who helps other people and especially strangers when they have trouble.” There are also legal definitions that are part of Good Samaritan laws that exempt a person from legal liability who voluntarily attempts to render reasonable aid to another in emergency situations or distress.
Mike reminded us in the sermon that our church wants to be known by what we are for and not what we are against. We aggressively look for opportunities to live out what we are for. One example was the Senior Lunch Program. We have teamed up with Acworth Parks & Rec to serve lunches to seniors in our community. We are still looking for volunteers to help. If you are interested in more info, go to Northstarchurch.org/seniorlunches.
Thank God for loving us when we were sinners. Thank Jesus for using us to be a positive force in the community.