I pray you are having a great and prosperous 2017 as we are already 10 days in. Already, God has been showing me many things. One thing He has been trying to get me to really see and understand is Mercy. Today when we met, with my coffee and my Bible, the Lord brought me to the story of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10. I also read (as part of my Bible Reading Plan (I follow the Divine Mentor plan), Genesis 25 & 26. I also SOAP journal. If you are new to all of this, just click on the blue words to help you understand it all. It’s really very simple… I read a couple chapters a day and write in my journal a scripture, observation, application and prayer. Here is what God showed me today.
37 And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”
A lawyer asked Jesus how to have eternal life. Jesus answers with an answer a Jewish boy would have said every single day of his life. “So he answered and said, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’””
To which the lawyer asked. What defines your neighbor?
So, Jesus tells a parable- as he often did. He tells the story of the Good Samaritan to show that loving your neighbor is less qualifying the needy and more loving by action. A man who had been walking was attacked and robbed by thieves. A priest passed and did not stop to help. Then, a Levine passed and did not stop to help. Then, a Samaritan man (whom Jews did not acquaint themselves with), came and helped the man. He “had compassion”. He banadaged the wounds, not sparing his best ointments and oils. He paid for the man to stay at an inn… a man he didn’t know. All of this done by a “dreaded Samaritan”. He had mercy. So, Jesus asks, who proved to be the neighbor? The lawyer was obviously taught the lesson that the one who showed compassion, love and mercy was the neighbor. And loving your neighbor was a command of God to inherit eternal life.
How often do we judge one’s needs before ignoring or igniting in action? Jesus says to show mercy, compassion and love and we will be loving the Lord our God and our neighbors. Action for this would be praying for God to give me the audacity and courage to act on needs instead of think about others needs and grade based upon necessity of need. God will prompt when He wants and He will never let seeds go unplanted.
Open my eyes. Open my heart. Grow my mercy scale. Grow my ability to have empathy and compassion. Make my feet swift in action, more than my mouth speaks of it. Move me to make LOVE a VERB and an action. Let me show others I am a Christian with acts of love and compassion. Forgive me for missing the goal so many times. For leaving seeds unplanted. For leaving those who needed love unloved. Help me to leave those around me feeling more love, compassion and mercy after I meet them.
Lord, help me.
In Jesus’ name,