DELIVERANCE AND HEALING
By PBS Ministries
It is the simple things in life that matter most to the Lord. God is not impressed with our material gains as much as He is interested in us lending a helping hand to our neighbor who is neglected or forsaken. Our maturity in Christ is not when we start speaking big things, it is when we start understanding and doing small things. That is what pleases God. The Greatest Commandment is for us to love the Lord our God with all our heart, with all our mind and with all our soul and to love our neighbor as ourselves. But do we?
Jesus tells the parable of the Good Samaritan in the Gospel of Luke 10: 25-37:
25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” 28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.” 29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
30 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. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 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.
35 The next day he took out two denarii 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.’ 36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” 37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
How many times have you heard this story and then you encountered a similar situation and you walked away from that person just like the priest or the Levite? Was that love? Why is it so hard for us to love each other unconditionally? God commanded us to love, love and love some more not only our brothers or sisters, but our enemies as well. For love is patient, love is kind. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it always protects.
Apostle Paul told the church at Corinth, “If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.”
One of the reasons we do not give to each other is not merely because we do not have it to give, but it is because we do not have love one for another. If you really love someone, you would climb every mountain for that person, you will go without so that person can have something. For God so love the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him, shall not perish but have everlasting life. That is love. A righteous man dying for sinners like us, the just for the unjust, so that we can be saved and live a life of abundance. Thank God for His love.
I challenge us today, let us be like the good Samaritan, who gave selflessly to this robber. I can feel the deep unconditional love of the Samaritan for the robber as he bandaged his wounds and poured on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him. What great love towards a neighbor.
As Christians, let us lead by example. If we are to be Christlike, we must always demonstrate love. Let us always remember 1 John 4:7-8: “ Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.” Let us show love one for another each day. Amen