by Anastacia Maness
Have you ever felt sorry for someone? Maybe they hurt themselves or they lost someone dear to them. How did that make you feel? Were you sympathetic? Were you concerned for their well being and needs? That is compassion.
“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts. . .” Colossians 3:12 ESV
In Luke 10:25-37, a lawyer came to Jesus and asked Him what he had to do to inherit eternal life.
And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”
He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?”
And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”
And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.” – Luke 10:25-28 (ESV)
Then the lawyer wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus another question.
“Who is my neighbor?”
I want you to read the rest of Luke 10:25-37 for the parable Jesus shared. His story hit home with His audience.
However, right now, I want to tell you the same story in a modern setting.
A businessman was traveling home from the capital. Along the way he faced a roadblock of men in ski masks carrying baseball bats and knives.
They broke his window, pulled him out of his car, beat him up, stole his wallet, and fled the scene in his car. They left him unconscious and dying on the side of the road.
Along came a preacher; at least he looked important. A pillar of society, he saw the beat-up man lying in the road. He slowed his car down, loosened his collar, looked out his window, and then carefully went around him.
A little bit later the head of the local charity organization came along. He saw the man on the side of the road too. He looked to see if anyone else was around and just kept on going. Surely someone else would come along to help.
Several hours passed. A loud motor could be heard getting closer and closer.
A giant man pulled up on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. He got off his bike, pulled the do-rag off his glistening head and used it to wrap the poor businessman’s wounds. He tugged at his tobacco-stained beard in thought. He didn’t seem to care that it could be a trap. What if the robbers were still nearby?
The biker bandaged the man the best he could, then picked him up with his strong tattooed arms and set him on the seat of his Harley.
He took him to the nearest hospital and paid for the man’s stay in the emergency room, giving the receptionist his phone number in case there were any other bills from the man’s visit.
“Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?”
In Jesus’s story he never said that the man we know as the “good Samaritan” was really all that good. In that day he was the guy who would have been looked down upon for how he dressed and the people he hung out with.
The Samaritans were typically not very nice to the Jewish people. That’s why the comparison of the Samaritan to the Jewish man would be similar to a modern day comparison of a rough, unshaven biker to a clean-cut businessman. In normal situations they wouldn’t have anything to do with each other.
It seems so unbelievable for the biker to help that businessman out. They weren’t even in the same social class. Yet the biker felt sorry for the man and took care of his needs.
That’s being clothed with compassion.
Have you ever experienced compassion from an unlikely source? Have you shown compassion for someone who didn’t deserve it?
Please share your thoughts in the comments.
Anastacia Maness is a preacher’s wife, homeschooling mother of 6 blessings and writer. When she’s not busy counting her blessings she’s writing about them at RockSolidFamily.com, encouraging and strengthening families.
You can also connect with Anastacia on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+, and Twitter @AnastaciaManess.
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