“In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead'” (v.30).
Relationshipsmaintaining them isn’t as easy as it seems. In fact, sometimes the hardest people to relate to are those closest to us.
God’s Grace Is Discovered Through Human Relationships: John 15:13
“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”
1. The Samaritan typifies Christ . Matthew 22:37-39
“Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38This is the first and greatest commandment. 39And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'”
2. The wounded man represents fallen man . Romans 6:23
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
“A friend is one who walks in when others walk out.”
God’s Goodness Is Reflected Through Our Attitudes About People: John 13:35
“By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
1. The attitude of the robber . v. 30
“In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead.'”
2. The attitude of the religious . v. 31
“A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side.”
3. The attitude of the righteous . v. 33
“But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him.”
When I was hungry, you gave me to eat.
When I was thirsty, you gave me to drink.
When I was homeless, you opened your doors.
When I was naked, you gave me your coat.
When I was weary, you helped me find rest.
When I was anxious, you calmed all my fears.
When I was little, you taught me to read.
When I was lonely, you gave me your love.
When I was in prison, you came to my cell.
When I was on a sick bed, you cared for my needs.
In a strange country, you made me at home.
Seeking employment, you found me a job.
Hurt in a battle, you bound up my wounds.
Searching for kindness, you held out your hand.
Relating to God Is the Key to Right Relationships: Luke 12:15
“Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.'”
1. Loving people is visible evidence of our love for God. v. 36
“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
2. Growing relationships are a reflection of our walk with God.