The Good Samaritan
If you are right with God it will show through merciful compassion for broken people.
Why You Show Mercy...
Because YOU Need Mercy (10:25-29)
Because of Jesus’ radical friendship with prostitutes, tax collectors, and gentiles, the religious leaders and lawyers were attempting to “test” Jesus to entrap him (Mt. 9:10; 11:16-19; Mk. 2:16; Lk. 5:29; 7:34; 15:2).
The ultimate question-“What must I do to inherit eternal life?”-seeks to expose Je- sus’ conduct for supposedly not keeping the moral law which the religious leaders believed made people right with God (10:25).
Your vertical love for God overflows into a horizontal love for “your neighbor” that lives to love others so your life becomes entangled in their life (10:27; Lev. 19:18; Deut. 6:4-5; 10:12; 30:6).
You cannot “do this”-love God and your neighbor perfectly-so you cannot cause yourself to “live” (Lk. 10:28).
When you realize you cannot meet the high standard God requires, you will lower the standard so you can “justify” yourself (10:29; Rms. 3:23; Mk. 7:9).
You Show Mercy Because...
1) God’s Mercy Saved You
“But when the kindness of God our Savior and his love for mankind appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but because of his own mercy...”-Titus 3:4-5
The tendency to believe God saved you because you deserved it prevents you from showing mercy to others because you will believe others must earn it.
2) You Possess Faith and Works
“If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, be warmed and filled,’ without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself if it does not have works is dead.”-James 2:15-17
Your works cannot save you but show whether or not you are saved.
How You Show Mercy...
Neighbor Broken People (10:30-35)
Intentionally bypassing the broken and hurting is an external response of a person who internally does not love God or his neighbor (10:31).
“By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother
in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?”
-1 John 3:16-17
Financial giving is no substitute for loving your neighbor through personal acts of caring for the physical, medical, and shelter needs of others (Ps. 112:5-9; Mt. 5:42; Lk. 12:33; 14:13; 19:18; Heb. 13:16).
What if someone saved your life through a sacrificial act of mercy by doing what you could never do for yourself (10:33)?
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.”-Matthew 25:34-36
You Show Mercy By...
1) Receiving God’s Love
“But God, being rich in mercy because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ-by grace, you have been saved...”-Ephesians 2:4-5
At the cross, Jesus sacrificed his life as your neighbor by doing for you what you could never do for yourself.
2) Giving Jesus’ Compassion
Compassion is the emotional state used over and over again of Jesus’ compassion for people who could never save themselves (Mt. 9:36; 14:14; 15:32; 20:34; Mk. 8:2-3; Lk. 7:13).
“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were ha- rassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore, pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.’”-Jesus in Matthew 9:35-38
Who You Show Mercy...
Anyone and Everyone (10:36-37)
Being a “neighbor” to others has no gender, race, religious, or socio-economic boundaries as you are called to be a “neighbor” to anyone who is near you (10:36).
Jesus commands “go” and “do” like the good Samaritan because he wants you to be a person whose mercy is active and visible in the lives of others (10:37).
You Show Mercy Through...
1) Neighboring the Broken with Love
Jesus broke every societal, religious, and moral rule to reach the hurting and hope- less by going to them, befriending them, and serving them (Mk. 2:14; Lk. 15:1-2; 19:1- 10; Jn. 4:1-53).
“We love people into belief. We do not argue them into belief.”-Tim Keller
2) Using Your Gift to Serve Others
“Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace...”-1 Peter 4:8-10
You have a grace gift that when you use it to love others, lives are eternally trans- formed because it leads others to his grace.