Jesus challenges us. He tells us stories to shake us up. He wants us to love like our heavenly Father loves.
There is the story about 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. 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 (hated by the Jewish people) 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.’
So Jesus tells this to a group of religious leaders. He asks, “Which of the three became a neighbor to the man attacked by robbers?”
“The one who treated him kindly,” the religion scholar responded.
God’s goal for us is to treat anyone that comes across our path kindly, just as God does. We are to do the same as this Samaritan.
Jesus said, “Go and do the same.” Luke 10:37 (The Message)