Today’s Passage:  (Luke 10:25-37)

Devotional Thought:  I am reminded of the words from John Wesley, “Do all the good you can.  By all the means you can.  In all the ways you can.  In all the places you can.  At all the times you can.  To all the people you can.  As long as ever you can.”  There is enough to do right in our own backyards…our little corner of the world.  The Samaritan helped a fellow traveler when no one else would.  “Go and do likewise.”

When we are able to act out of love, the possibilities are endless.  So many people today are seeking genuine, authentic love – it’s hard because we are inundated with so much hate and anger.  I recently heard this stated slightly differently and clearly challenging: we, as followers of Jesus Christ, simply do not get the luxury of choosing who we love and who we don’t.  The following 2 passages link up very well with the Good Samaritan passage:

  • Matthew 22:36-40; “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”  Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’  This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’   All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
  • Matthew 5:43-48;  “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’  But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Can we “Go and do likewise”?