Jesus told the parable of the Good Samaritan who reached out to another in need, over-riding his cultural prejudices and personal plans (Lk 10:25-37). There was concern shown, financial cost involved, personal resources consumed and inconvenience to his timetable, along with the undertaking he was prepared to meet any additional requirements in the long-term to see the man restored to wholeness. The concluding practical words of Jesus were, “Go and do likewise”.
Love doesn’t just see, it acts
compassion. Am I selective in whom I help or is my attitude of “doing to the least of these because we are doing it as unto Jesus”? (Mt 25:34-46). True Christianity serves the vulnerable and disadvantaged, those who can’t repay the kindness (Lk 14:12-14; Jas 1:27). What is my response? Do I help others unselfishly?
Pray for discerning eyes to see the real need (which is often masked under a façade), the response of a tender heart, and wisdom to know the best course of action besides a receptive mind-set for the person in need. Although we should endeavour to alleviate the suffering of people in this world, our aid and assistance should also influence the next life, which is of greater significance.