Welcome to Kingdom Corner. This week’s devotional will be touching on the parable of the Good Samaritan. This parable demonstrates how Jesus showed proper ethical behavior that we can implement in our own lives.
Parable of the Good Samaritan
The parable goes that a traveler is stripped, beaten up, and left for dead on the road. A Priest and a Levite came by and avoided him. A Samaritan comes along and sees his enemy (a Jew) lying prone and helpless, near death. The Samaritan helps the man. Jesus had told this parable in response to the question of who is the “neighbor” in the command at Leviticus 19:18. Jesus tells the man to love everyone even his enemies.
God Is Love
“Whoever does not love has not come to know God because God is love.” 1 John 4:8
God loves you because He is love. To behave more like Christ in our lives we must love as much as possible. We can’t choose who we want to love or not. That means everyone from your best friend to your annoying co-worker to your ex. This is not only ethical in standard, but also in morality. Being friendly and kind to those who get under your skin shows character. God created us out of love and we have our ability to love from Him.
Modern Day Parable
In today’s society, this parable reminds us to smile at strangers, hold a door for someone coming out with a lot of shopping bags, and offer your best mood even when you may be stressed. Remember love is kind. So, if you can’t totally love your enemies without actively trying (which you should!) then at least be kind to them. Offer your enemies the same courtesies that you would for a stranger.
Remember, Love is God’s dominant quality, make it yours too.