"Jesus answered by telling a story. 'There was once a man traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho. On the way he was attacked by robbers. They took his clothes, beat him up, and went off leaving him half-dead. Luckily, a priest was on his way down the same road, but when he saw him he angled across to the other side. Then a Levite religious man showed up; he also avoided the injured man. A Samaritan traveling the road came on him. When he saw the man's condition, his heart went out to him. He gave him first aid, disinfecting and bandaging his wounds. Then he lifted him onto his donkey, led him to an inn, and made him comfortable. In the morning he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, 'Take good care of him. If it costs any more, put it on my bill -- I'll pay you on my way back.'
"What do you think? Which of the three became a neighbor to the man attacked by robbers?"
(Luke 10:30-36, MSG)
Quite often we dismiss the difficult people in our lives because they are "wounded" or "have issues." As if to say, "what you are feeling has no bearing on reality." But how many of you know that perception IS reality. "A wound" in the Hebrew is "traumaizo" which means "trauma." Someone who has been wounded has been the victim of trauma in his or her life. Far be it from us if we should be the ones to add trauma to that wound!
Luke speaks of a Jewish man who was robbed, bruised, beaten, wounded, and left for half dead. The priest who saw him and decided to avoid him by crossing on the other side felt he was too holy and pure to touch the filthy man. The Levite who saw him and decided to cross on the other side of the road felt that helping him wasn't part of his "religious duty." But the LEAST likely one to help was a Samaritan man. The Samaritans were bitter enemies of the Jews however, this man saw another man hurting and set his differences aside. He bandaged the injured man's wounds, poured oil on him, and took care of him.
Who do YOU think was the "hero" of the story?
God isn't impressed by our religious duties. What moves Him is a heart of compassion. Let the believers whose hope and healing comes from Christ be a people that have compassion on the wounded ones. After all, we all are, or once have been, the wounded one.
Christina is the founder of Relentless Love Ministries and lives in Linton. She is an active speaker, guest lecturer, and published author. For more information, questions, or comments, email firstname.lastname@example.org .