We love because he first loved us. 1 John 4:19
He was traveling from Jerusalem when he was attacked by vicious thieves. They took all he had including his clothes and wounded him, leaving him half dead. There he was lying in the street, dying. A Priest came by and I was elated. I thought he would minister unto him. Show him the love and mercy of God. He only looked and kept on walking. A Levite came by and I thought surely this man from such a fine stock would do something for the man. He also just looked and did nothing. Perhaps he did not have the time. No one seemed to care for this man. Then a Samaritan came and I couldn’t believe my eyes. He had compassion on the man. He bandaged his wounds and placed him on his animal and took him to an inn. Would you believe that night he stood with him and cared for him. The next day the Samaritan had to be on his way. However he made sure to pay the inn keeper for the care of the man until he would get better. He even told him that if it wasn’t enough, when he returned he would pay him the balance. This Samaritan saved the traveler’s life. (Luke 10:25-37)
Through this story Jesus revealed that love should be bestowed upon all those that we meet along the way. Love was not to be reserved for family members and close friends only. Our love should be an expression of the great love that God has bestowed on us. We have freely received his mercy and love and we should freely offer this love and mercy to others. It should come even at the point of great sacrifice and charity. The Samaritan went way out of his way. It was certainly not convenient. Nor does the story ever indicate that the Samaritan expected a reward. It was a pure sacrifice made out of love.
Doing as the Samaritan did may be difficult. But we can certainly begin to take steps to show God’s love. Kindness should be a constant expression that others can see in both our words and actions. This love should be present in our interactions even under the most stressful situations. We should willingly be of assistance in time of need and if charity is something we can offer then do so. By letting love be our guide we please God and become a vessel in his hands.