The Samaritan They’ve Been Waiting For

I Corinthians 13-4-7 4Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boiled over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily.  5It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].  6It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail.  7Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening]. 8Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end].
Love does not rejoice at injustice or unrighteousness. Now this seems like a no-brainer right? It almost goes without saying that we probably aren’t extremely happy when we see wickedness and sin abound. We more than likely don’t celebrate when in the presence of iniquity. What about unfairness, discrimination, or wrongdoing done to others? I know that love doesn’t delight in these things, but I am also inclined to think that love goes out of it’s way to help when they do happen. I think of the story in Luke 10:30-35 30Jesus, taking him up, replied, A certain man was going from Jerusalem down to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him of his clothes and belongings and beat him and went their way, [unconcernedly] leaving him half dead, as it happened.  31Now by coincidence a certain priest was going down along that road, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32A Levite likewise came down to the place and saw him, and passed by on the other side [of the road]. 33But a certain Samaritan, as he traveled along, came down to where he was; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity and sympathy [for him], 34And went to him and dressed his wounds, pouring on [them] oil and wine. Then he set him on his own beast and brought him to an inn and took care of him.  35And the next day he took out two denarii [two day’s wages] and gave [them] to the innkeeper, saying, Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, I [myself] will repay you when I return. Then Jesus says on verse 37 …go and do likewise.
In this story the priest and the Levite certainly didn’t rejoice in the wrongdoing that was done to the man. However, the fact that they simply didn’t support the robbers actions did nothing to help the poor man who was left to die. It seems that the Samaritan was the one who actually showed love, because not only did he not approve of what had befallen this poor guy, he did something about it. He dressed his wounds, took him to an inn and paid for his care until he was better. The Samaritan was the example of what love truly is. We can apply this to our lives today. When we see injustice and unrighteousness directed toward others in our lives, we can not only decide not to rejoice in what they are going through, but determine that we will do whatever we can to help rectify their situation. Just remember that YOU just might be the Samaritan that they’ve been waiting for.

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