The Good Samaritan acted humanely towards the wounded traveller. Jesus said we are to “Go and do likewise”, endeavouring wherever possible to alleviate the suffering of those in need (Lk 10:25-37;

Genuine concern acts

Jas 2:14-17). Do I take a genuine interest in the welfare of others? (Phil 2:20, 4:10). Practical Christianity reveals our empathy with those suffering and may give opportunity to share Christ with the lost, as I contemplate their eternal destiny if they don’t repent and believe. Jesus was so concerned about the all-inclusive death penalty on the human race He came to earth and paid the price that we might be forgiven. During His time on earth He showed concern for many people, including the multitude of people who had been with Him three days without eating (Mk 8:1-3).

Righteous Job was concerned about and took spiritual responsibility for his children (Job 1:4,5). Fathers, as head of your home and family, do you regularly pray for the spiritual condition of your children? Paul said, “We have not stopped praying for you…” (Col 1:9).

See also: burdens, compassion, empathy, needs, sympathy, welfare.


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