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turtle30cshell Daily Devotions
Jesus Taught Compassion

Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris

Luke 10:25-37 KJV
(25) And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?
(26) He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou?
(27) And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.
(28) And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.
(29) But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?
(30) And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.
(31) And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
(32) And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.
(33) But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,
(34) And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
(35) And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.
(36) Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?
(37) And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.

The compassion of Jesus was clearly seen through out his ministry, even down to taking endless question from those that followed and sat and listen to Him. The lawyers came as well as the religious leaders. The lawyers loved to question Jesus concerning the law. It was more to see if he was following the law or not. Whether the religious leaders knew the laws of the land. Laws are built to help people be good neighbors, some laws are bad if they infringe on others rights. The lawyer first question was not about his neighbor but about eternal life. Yet his questioning would comes back to who his neighbor was. Jesus answer him with how do you interpret the law. The lawyer said to love God with all your heart, strength, soul and mind and love your neighbor has yourself. The law being built on love and not on faith. To love God one would have to believe in God, but it more then that that. One is to love thy neighbor has oneself. To respect your neighbor.

The lawyer asked who is my neighbor? Jesus told the story of the good Samaritan. The story is not about someone that lived beside someone, but about the person on the street in the gutter of life, not by his own means, but because of an attack of others who treated him as the enemy as well as those that ignore by passing by without helping. Then you have the third man that chooses to be a neighbor and help. He went beyond the call of duty by paying for his care. Even today there are people with compassion helping and enabling hospitals to care for those in need that may not be able to pay for it themselves. When I think of the billions of dollars that American churches give to overseas ministries along with billions of dollars our nation gives to help countries and our own people are in need who are knocked down for trying to get help, and canít. I have to ask what is this world coming too. Most would say no one has trouble giving to a person trying to help themselves. It given to the oppressed and down trodden to help lift them up is another. Then there is people out of work not because they refuse to work, but the job market not there where they are. Then millions of vets out of work as well.

One business worthy of getting into is cooking and care giving there will always be a need till Christ returns. The good Samaritan not only treated the manís wounds but left him in care givers arms to care for till he could return in a few days. The one that was the manís neighbor was the one that cared for him despite how others had treated him. Would you love your worst enemy if you found him naked and in pain. Would you take him to the nearest hospital, or help him home. At the least in this day and age can you at least call 911 instead of staring at the person needing help. I will never forget the day I fell on the sidewalk at city hall and a little girl on a field trip came over to see if I needed help. I have no clue who she was or what school. But the thought of this six year old trying to help me up was priceless. What was sad was an officer just walked on by. Whose my neighbor a little girl with no name.

Dear Heavenly Father thank you for those neighbors that care even when we stumble in life. Thank you for sending a Savior to teach us about compassion for others. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:

John 15:12 KJV
(12) This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

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