Be the Good Samaritan

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. James2:14-17 (NIV)

In the story of the Good Samaritan, a man was beaten and robbed by robbers on the Jericho road and left for dead. Two men, a rabbi and a Levite walked past the man and did nothing to help him and just walked on; and so did the Levite. Later another showed up; a Samaritan. He tended to the man’s wounds and managed to get him to Jericho and save his life.

Let me tell you something interesting about the first two men. They were considered highly religious and good people; those who obey the Word of God. Yet the first thing that they thought was ,”what will happen to me?” They were worried of being robbed as well. But the Samaritan, when he saw the man, instead thought, ” If I don’t stop, what will happen to Him?”  As Christians, as followers of God, we cannot be concerned just about us when we see bad things happen to people. Like the Good Samaritan, we have to think about what will happen if we don’t offer our help, when our actions do not truly represent our faith. Showing compassion to those in need was one of the major characteristics of Christ. As Christians we must  do our best to represent Christ’s character, if we do not act on His faith as the Good Samaritan did and show some compassion, even to those who have done us wrong, we are dead in our faith. Be the Good Samaritan.

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Posted on February 8, 2012, in Spiritual Life and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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