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A lesson in kindness: He bandaged those wounds, pouring on oil and wine.

Posted on Mon, Oct 17, 2011

Jesus commended a widow who donated two small coins, while wealthy people gave more. Jesus told his disciples that the seemingly insignificant sacrifices of the poor meant more to Him than the exaggerated donations of the rich.

In Luke 10:25-37, Jesus told a story in which he recounted how a traveler, who had been beaten, robbed and left half dead, was assisted by a stranger. In the story He showed us the different aspects of kindness: sacrifice, commitment, availability, selflessness, humility and more.

The man in our story was unafraid of personal risk in showing kindness. Unknown to the victim or known by him, the Good Samaritan was moved with compassion for the human he saw lying helpless by the roadside. As he unhesitatingly plunged into action, see the progression of his service: First, he went to him. Thus, he saw the extent of his wounds. Next, he bandaged those 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.

The Good Samaritan employed every needed instruments of care within his means to help the abandoned man. Either in cash or kind, Jesus showed us how the Good Samaritan personalized his care of the man and helped him within his resource. If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. 1 John 3:18

God appreciates when our gifts are offered from our hearts, regardless of the gift’s size. In another instance, Jesus commended a widow who donated two small coins, while wealthy people gave more. Jesus told his disciples that the seemingly insignificant sacrifices of the poor mean more to Him than the exaggerated donations of the rich.

God urged that we show kindness and exemplified true kindness in sending Jesus Christ, His only son into the world to die for sinners’ salvation. The Scripture says: “the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit”. Titus 3:4-5

This is part one in a series of our studies on the teaching of Jesus Christ on “KINDNESS." We have adopted “SHINE ON” as our theme.To be continued. Be blessed. Emaeyak Ekanem

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaCBTSQZq1E

If you see your brother standing by the road
With a heavy load from the seeds he's sowed
And if you see your sister falling by the way
Just stop and stay you're going the wrong way

You got to try a little kindness
Yes show a little kindness
Just shine your light for everyone to see
And if you try a little kindness
Then you'll overlook the blindness
Of narrow-minded people on the narrow-minded streets

Don't walk around the down and out
Lend a helping hand instead of doubt
And the kindness that you show every day
Will help someone along their way

You got to try a little kindness
Yes show a little kindness
Just shine your light for everyone to see
And if you try a little kindness
Then you'll overlook the blindness

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