The Good Samaritan | Luke 6: 28-37
To help children to show compassion to their neighbors, and understand that their "neighbor" is anyone in need that they are able to help.
Read over Luke 10:28-37: Jesus told a story of a Jew traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho who was robbed, beaten, and left for dead by a group of thieves. Two Godly men passed by the injured man and did not help him. Only a Samaritan man—a man from a group of people not friendly to Jews—stopped to help him. The story tells us the importance of helping others.
Today's Bible Story:
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Matthew 6:25 (ESV)
10 When we have the opportunity to do good to anyone, we should do it. But we should give special attention to those who are in the family of believers.
Meaning: As we encounter anyone in need, we should offer to help. In context with the rest of the chapter, this verse isn't telling us to help Christians more than non-believers. It means that when we help a fellow Christian, our assistance may be the answer to a prayer.
The Big Idea:
When we see people in need, we should help them.
Jesus gave us two commandments: Love our God with all our hearts, souls, strength, and minds; love our neighbor as ourselves. Neighbor means everyone—not just the people who live next door to us, the people we go to church with, or our family and friends. Everyone means people we don't like, people who live in different places, people who don't believe in Jesus, people we don't know. When we encounter someone in need we should help them in whatever way we are able.
Dear God, thank You for explaining to us that we should love and help everyone just as You do. Help us to reach out and show our neighbors Your love. We ask these things in Jesus' name, Amen.
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