It’s something shown time after time in the Word. Love. And not just love in the sense of caring for another person. A love that is new but also simultaneously as old as time. Love that is just. A love that knows no bounds and a love that is perfect and drives out fear (1 John 1:48). Take a moment and reflect on this parable in the gospel of Luke:
“On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
“What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”
He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
“You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”
But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’
“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
This parable is widely known and there is certainly a large number of principles that can be drawn from this, which was the purpose of Jesus using them. I am certainly no theologian by any means of the word and I am not trying to force any beliefs upon anyone in this manner. But I would like to offer some valid truth. What we see in this parable is a man who has been robbed, stripped down, and left for dead. Religious leaders of that day both passed by the man and offered Him no help at all. Then the crazy part happens. A Samaritan, considered to be one of the most hated people in this time, stops in the middle of his journey. Now the man could have just as easily kept on walking and left the man to die. That would have been the easy thing to do right? Of course! But was that what he did? Heck no it wasn’t. The Samaritan picked the man up, took him to the nearest town, and paid for him a place to stay and recuperate. Now what sense does that make?
Far too often we overlook the fact that we as Christians (before Christ) were robbed. We were stripped of everything. We were left for dead. Heck, for what we did we deserved to die. Did you ever stop and think that maybe the reason why the Samaritan took time out of his own day to help a dying man was because he had once BEEN THERE HIMSELF? Crazy to think about huh? So what’s the point of all this anyways. In a sense, the whole point is love. Now, in those times, the last person someone would think of loving would be a Samaritan right? So imagine the confusion and beauty that the dying man must have seen in the Samaritan man when he stopped to help him.
This is the type of love that Christ has shown us and has commanded us to carry out. Christ came to this Earth and died the death that we rightfully deserve so that we might one day live and live abundantly through a relationship with Him. So that love, the love that doesn’t add up. That wonderfully puzzling love. Haha I just can’t help but smile as I am typing this. The reason being that Christ’s love isn’t some quadratic formula or some integral equation that we need to solve for by determining the value for “x,” His love doesn’t have to be solved. We don’t have to try and make sense of it. All He asks of us is to not only embrace His perfect love, but to reflect it to those we come into contact with daily. This isn’t some ploy or message that I am writing for anyone else specifically but I am writing it for myself as well. In all honesty, the reason I write these posts is because these are the aspects in my own life that I need to work on desperately. I only pray that we as believers can seek after the Lord and His will in all that we do, and in the meantime, look around us and love those around us. Christ died for them too.
Don’t forget that God’s love isn’t supposed to make complete sense to us. If it were, well that’s something else entirely. Much love fam.
Your Brother in Christ