In our world today it is so easy to become desensitized and cold because we are bombarded by so much daily. In order to serve, we need to have compassion.
Compassion – deep sympathy or sorrow.
Serving with Compassion Requires SEEING EYES
We first have to see the issue. That’s not just seeing from a lack of compassion but seeing beyond their faults to their needs. God has to do something in our hearts so that we can see.
Question: Are you seeing the needs around you?
Serving with Compassion Requires a CARING HEART
In our text, we see that the Priest and Levite saw the man, but they did not have a caring heart.
Question: Has my heart become so calloused that I don’t care?
Serving with Compassion Requires SWIFT FEET
In verse 34, we see these words: “so he went to him”. Sometimes, if you are not careful, your head can talk you out of what God has told you to do. This is why we must move quickly.
Serving with Compassion Requires a LOVING TOUCH
In verse 34, we see that the Samaritan bandaged the man’s wound, pouring oil and wine on them, put him on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him.
“You cannot sanitize service.” – Pastor Billy Johnson
“Don’t be guilty of mishandling damaged people.” – Pastor Billy Johnson
Serving with Compassion Requires LISTENING EARS
The Samaritan had to have ears to hear that he was the one who needed to take care of and pay for this man’s care.
God I’m in desperate need of Your help today.
I pray in Your grace, You would send Your helpers my way.
Please give me the humility to receive their help when they come.