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We are all self-justifiers by nature. Just like the lawyer (Gospel of Luke) who asked Jesus, “Who is my neighbor?”, we too try to limit the who, the how much, the when of being a neighbor. We want to define these limits instead of letting God’s grace define them.

Where do we get the motivation to live like the good Samaritan? The two most common ways are morality and guilt. Like the lawyer in the story, we want to feel we are good because of what we’ve “done”. Therefore, we help the needy. Or, we are guilty over the blessings we received and in an effort to justify having them, we help others. Both of these reasons are empty and bankrupt.

Where should we get the mercy and compassion to live like the good Samaritan? Grace instilled in us, transforming us, empowering us.

Self-denial on Behalf of Others: “Now we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of those without strength and not just please ourselves. Each of us is to please his neighbor for his good, to his edification. For even Christ did not please Himself ; but as it is written, "THE REPROACHES OF THOSE WHO REPROACHED YOU FELL ON ME." (Romans 15:1-3).

Jesus came to us on the road of life and had both mercy and compassion on us. He not only risked His life to help us, He gave everything to help us! He is our Good Samaritan. We get “Good Samaritan” motivation by the grace that was given to us. As Jesus said to the lawyer, He says to us, “Go and do the same.”

Grace and peace to you. Mark S. Disbrow, pastor Amazing Grace Community Church. 970.444.2111 www.AmazingGraceCo.org.

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