Weather Report From Heaven: Sunny and bright, with an abundance of light and lots of singing and rejoicing.
Scripture- “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. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 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. The next day he took out two denarii[e] 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.’ “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”- Luke 10:30-37
Insight: I find the story of the Good Samaritan to be one of the most insightful of the entire Bible. Jesus was always teaching on mercy, “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy, (Matthew 5:7 ) and this parable is such a good illustration of how Jesus views mercy. In fact, mercy is a combination of compassion and action together to illustrate to others the same mercy God showed to us through Jesus himself. God shows extraordinary mercy to us by sending Jesus as our sin offering, forgiving our sins as far as the east is from the west. (Psalm 103:12) He not only looked down on us with compassion, He took a very costly action step to provide for our redemption. He sent His Son to die for us!
Many times in my past, like the Priest and the Levite in the parable of the Good Samaritan, I would look at others from a distance, and maybe have compassion for them, but would not want to get “messy” or involved in their predicament. I preferred to look from a place of comfort for me. But when I encountered the Risen Christ and made Him my personal Lord and Savior, He began to work in my heart that I needed to not only have compassion on those who were suffering but to take action whenever I could. He knows we can’t do everything ,but we can certainly help those He puts along our “path” in life, much like the Samaritan stopped to help a man who culturally was his enemy. Jesus expects His followers to be merciful as we experience his continuous and abundant mercy throughout our lives. His mercy never quits, never gives up and never stops flowing to us. Shouldn’t our lives reflect that mercy flowing out of us to others? Jesus asked me to do this when I get a chance and I find it to be a great reward to share His mercy with others. If we walk on past the opportunity, we miss the chance to see and feel Jesus’s power in our lives. We will never be perfect in our responses to His great mercy for us, but we should at least try to pair compassion with action whenever possible. We get to be a reflection of Christ’s mercy to us while we’re living on this earth, which is such a blessing. So be merciful not because you have to, but because you get to!