25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. "Teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?"
26"What is written in the Law?" he replied. "How do you read it?"
27He answered: " '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, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'"
28"You have answered correctly," Jesus replied. "Do this and you will live."
29But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?"
30In reply Jesus said: "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him. 35The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. 'Look after him,' he said, 'and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.'
36"Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?"
37The expert in the law replied, "The one who had mercy on him."
Jesus told him, "Go and do likewise."
I wonder if the story of the Good Samaritan has become too familiar. Is there a possibility that we, the believers in Christ, have become Pharisees?
You probably figured out we would eventually land on this scripture. The posts and comments regarding Edgy Christianity have brought this conversation full circle. I am convinced that as believers married to unbelievers we must be extra sensitive to how we are viewed. Our spouses are watching. Are we walking the talk or just talking?
With that said, let’s look at this passage in the days ahead. What does it mean to love our neighbor? And by this question I mean, really love. Honestly, authentically, radically.
Are their loopholes in this passage? We are going to examine what Jesus says but more importantly what he does not say. So, buckle up and tune in on Friday. It is my sincere prayer that after this journey, our husband or wife will see us with new eyes. I want them to see Jesus and that He works. He is for real and can really change lives – OURS!
I want our spouses to see that we love people. The good, bad, and ugly. It is my deepest desire that we experience a radical change in our heart which is blaringly evident. So much so, that it rocks our spouse’s world. I am praying for this for you and for me.
Get your Bible out. Don’t let this story be familiar and get ready for an expedition into a new territory. A place where Jesus wants us to dwell. It is about love.
Be Blessed, Lynn
See you Friday!