Luke 10:25-37 (HCSB)
Just then an expert in the law stood up to test Him, saying, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
“What is written in the law?” He asked him. “How do you read it?”
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.
“You’ve answered correctly,” He told him. “Do this and you will live.”
But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
Jesus took up the question and said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho and fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him, beat him up, and fled, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down that road. When he saw him, he passed by on the other side. In the same way, a Levite, when he arrived at the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan on his journey came up to him, and when he saw the man, he had compassion. He went over to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on olive oil and wine. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, ‘Take care of him. When I come back I’ll reimburse you for whatever extra you spend.’
“Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?”
“The one who showed mercy to him,” he said.
Then Jesus told him, “Go and do the same.”
- When you come across situations in your life and you can either get involved or “stay out of it”, how do you decide when to jump in?
- Depending on the situation, do you jump in with both feet or wake a wait and see approach?
- What factor cause you to react the way you do?
- You may come across situations this week or in the coming weeks that you can either get involved in or “pass by”. What will you do differently (maybe mentally) when you are confronted by these opportunities?
- When you find yourself in a difficult situation, do you tend keep it all to yourself, INVITE God into the situation and keep it private, INVITE others into the situation and forget God, or INVITE God and others into your difficulty?
- Do you wish you handled these situations differently?
- How can you learn to do better at this?
- Have you found challenges in your life make it easier or more difficult to LOVE GOD?
- What are some ways that loving God and being loved by God make a difficult situation easer to face?