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What is going on in the world today? What has happened to the logic behind the good Samaritan? Luke 10:25-37 says “On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” He answered: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind” and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live. But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 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 cloths, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him, ‘he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburce you for any extra expense you may have. “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers? The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do like-wise.” NIV

I’m writing about this because I try to help others out when I see the need as the Spirit directs me. How much better would this world be if we all followed the golden Samaritan rule. I know in today’s society that you have to be careful and not put yourself in a bad situation. I recently saw an old lady that had ran out of gas sitting in traffic crying unsure of what to do as cars honked and when around her not caring what her problem was. I stopped and approached her car, wearing my biker attire, and asked if she needed some help, she was amazingly surprised that someone finally stopped to help her. I pushed her car off to the side of the road in a safe location and ran to my house got a gas can and took her 5 gallons of gas and got her car started. It only took about fifteen minutes out of my day to help insure her safety. She thanked me to no end and offered to pay me for my time and for the gas. I refused payment from her. It was my time to be the good Samaritan. As Matthew 6 :1-4 tells us not to do our acts to be seen by men but to be seen by our Father in heaven, which is where your rewards will be given. Hopefully the next time you see someone in distress and feel the urge to help, please by all means help them out, without expecting or accepting anything from the one’s you help. I’m sure you will feel better about yourself and know that the person you help will feel better about the world we live in. God bless, until next time.

Deacon

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