Wednesday, September 9, 2015

The Good Samaritan

I think this parable has taught me the core of a good life. It starts off with an expert in the law asking Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life. Jesus replied, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and all your mind. And love your neighbor as yourself and you shall live.” First of all,if you did the first command that he gave this expert, you would be an incredible person. Everything you do would prosper, loving, caring, hard working, determined, everything good. If only the world would come back to this command, the world be a different place. If only we would love our fellow humans like we our supposed too. Oh lord, help us come back to the right place. I find multiple teachings and benefits in this simple parable that could probably go on forever. I challenge whoever reads this to find out who this God is and apply these two commandments to their lives. The impact would be dramatic.
    Parable #24 — Luke 10:25-42 — The Good Samaritan On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he 25 asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” 26 He answered: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your 27 soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ ” “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.” 28 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my 29 neighbor?” In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when 30 he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same 31 road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, 32 when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a 33 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. 34 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 35 after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into 36 the hands of robbers?” The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” 37 Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
--Gage Golden

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