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COLUMN: Be a ‘good samaritan’ to someone you meet

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By C.L. Glasscock

Luke 10:25-37 says, “And behold a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him saying ‘Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?’ He said unto him, ‘What is written in the law? Have readest thou?’ And he answering said, ‘thou shalt love the Lord they God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself.’
“And he said unto him, ‘Thou hast answered right; this do and thou shaft live.’ But he willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus ‘And who is my neighbor?’ And Jesus answering said, ‘A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment and wounded him and departed leaving him half dead. And by chance there come down a certain priest that way and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journed came where he was; and when he saw him, he had compassion on him. And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine, and set him on his own beast and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And on the morrow when he departed he took out two pence and gave them to the host and said unto him, “Take care of him”; and “Whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.”’
“Which now of these three, thinkest thou was neighbor unto him that fell among the thieves?” And he said “He that shewed mercy on him.” The said Jesus unto him “Go and do thou likewise.”
Now let us apply this to our life.
As we look at this, it is very probable the priest and the Levite and the Samaritan were by themselves when they saw this man wounded and half dead. We have to ask the question “Would we have been the good Samaritan and taken time to take care of him or would we have been like the Priest or Levite?”
In this fast moving world, some may have said “I really don’t have time; let the next one who comes along do it.”
But one thing for sure is that if we love the Lord with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our strength and with all our mind we would have been like the good Samaritan.