Is it possible to live in good relationships with everyone?

In life it is easy to fall out with people, even because of small problems. Sometimes we only want to help people who help us. Is it possible to be different and to love everyone?

In a story Jesus told, he shows that it is not only possible, but people who truly want to find eternal life, need to be willing to change and be like the hero in this story. What makes the story so powerful is that the hero, a Samaritan by race, was someone   Jesus’ own  people despised . So the Samaritan’s compassion speaks more strongly to challenge our natural human tendency – that is to only love those who might show love towards us. Watch and listen and think about how God could change your life  to become like this hero?

Watch how Jesus teaches us to serve everyone around us, even those who might dislike or hate us!

The video clip comes from the Lumo Project (www.lumoproject.com)

Luke 10:25-37

Read the story Jesus told about a man loving his enemy

Luke 10:25-37 (NIV)

 

25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”

27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’ ; and, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’”

28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbour?”

30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”

Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

Watch a modern day story of how people will ignore people in need, unless they are respectable people. The challenge to us from Jesus is:  Are we willing to show compassion to everyone around us?

Does Jesus' teaching challenge your life? Is it really possible to love all people ? Let us know what you think?

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