Love is a sacrifice... I wrote this note in my Bible, in the margin of the page, next to the story of The Good Samaritan. (Luke 10:25-) A story that Jesus gave as an example of love. A man hurt, beaten and bleeding, on the side of the road. Ignored by some. Cared for by a stranger. The stranger showed compassion and mercy to this man that he did not know.
As I looked to this story, I pondered the words of the Lord. He ends His parable referring to the actions of the good Samaritan, "Go and do likewise."
Go and do likewise. Jesus' words echo in my heart.
How many times am I like the priest or the Levite in the story? The first people to encounter the wounded stranger. The priest crossed to the other side of the road, as did the Levite. Was the sight of the man too much? Were they too busy? Did they owe this stranger their time? Could they be bothered with the ache of another?
I've known this story since childhood...but, today I looked at it with new eyes. A story with a lesson. Relevant to today.
"He bandaged his wounds."
"He took care of him."
To the inn keeper he said, "Look after him, I will reimburse you."
This man was not too busy to slow down. He knelt to help another...with no expectation of reward or reimbursement. We do not know (Jesus never says) if the hurt man ever thanked the Samaritan that had helped him.
Love calls for sacrifice.
A sacrifice of time. A sacrifice of energy. A sacrifice of what I might want, for the benefit of another. Selfishness can't survive in the presence of love.
Real love for others, always requires a sacrifice of self.
"The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these."
" Do to others as you would have them do to you."
"Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love."
"We love because he first loved us."
1 John 4:19
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