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No Matter The Circumstances…. by Elaine Davenport August, 2011

You could be one of the most wonderful, productive, gifted persons that anyone has ever known; but only God; not even you….know what you lack…that is “compassion.”

Compassion is a form of love.  Love has many facets.  We as believers, are commanded to have compassion for others whether we know them…or not.

Missing this could cause one to miss heaven.  That’s the password:  LOVE.

Luke 10:25-37

New International Version (NIV)

The Parable of the Good Samaritan

 25On 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?”

 27 He 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’[a]; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]

   28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

 29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

 30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii[c] 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?”

 37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”

   Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

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Too many times, I’ve felt like I truly needed to say the right thing and I didn’t.   But, the last time this happened, I was troubled.   I didn’t say the right thing and as I was ” trying” to think  of what I should have said…God downloaded it RIGHT IN MY HEART.

I should have said:  “Are You Sure It’s Not A Test?”

 

Let me backtrack a little bit.

 

One of the prayer warriors, my dear friend Tina; who I speak about often…always …always helps for and with a cause when other people don’t necessarily do the same.    If someone needs gas in their car, a p[lace to stay, counseling, encouraging, prayer…Tina is never too busy.    I asked her about her reasoning and she replied that God asks us to love one another, be the good samaritan, encourage one another, forgive, help , do good works and she always knows that God is watching.  She’s on a personal mission to prove herself worthy of service to God no matter what hardships she may face as a result of her sacrifices.

 

Most people are not like that.  You see, it’s easy for most people to help someone that they know…but what about a stranger?  That’s a challenge. 

Even if we do help a stranger; do we really help enough?  Or are we just doing the “minimum?” 

Now, I say all of this because I’ve missed it a few times.   But, I will not do it intentionally…not anymore.  It’s too important to God…and He is too important to me!

God tells us to forgive 7 X 77; but most people  are incapable of that much compassion.

God says love your enemies…but do we?

 

A friend  not long ago felt extremely justified in saying that homeless people got on their nerves.  Basically, they said they want to help homeless people “sometimes.”   THAT IS VERY DANGEROUS THINKING.   In shock, I looked around and  found people agreeing with the complaintant!  WHAT?

Our inability to help  those who ask for help …no matter the circumstances…IS A TEST…it is a test of our ability to love others unconditionally.  We can’t just try to do it; we have to do it.

So when I awake each day I will say Lord…bring on the test and enable me to pass them all! 

 

 

 

 

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