16th Feb 2014 by Jon March in Vision & Values
25 A teacher of the Law came up and tried to trap Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to receive eternal life?”
26Jesus answered him, “What do the Scriptures say? How do you interpret them?”
27 The man answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind’; and ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself.’”
28 “You are right,” Jesus replied; “do this and you will live.”
29But the teacher of the Law wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “Who is my neighbor?”
30Jesus answered, “There was once a man who was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho when robbers attacked him, stripped him, and beat him up, leaving him half dead.31It so happened that a priest was going down that road; but when he saw the man, he walked on by on the other side.32In the same way a Levite also came there, went over and looked at the man, and then walked on by on the other side.33 But a Samaritan who was traveling that way came upon the man, and when he saw him, his heart was filled with pity.34He went over to him, poured oil and wine on his wounds and bandaged them; then he put the man on his own animal and took him to an inn, where he took care of him.35The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Take care of him,’ he told the innkeeper, ‘and when I come back this way, I will pay you whatever else you spend on him.’”
36And Jesus concluded, “In your opinion, which one of these three acted like a neighbor toward the man attacked by the robbers?”
37The teacher of the Law answered, “The one who was kind to him.”
Jesus replied, “You go, then, and do the same.”
8 The Lord is merciful and loving,
slow to become angry and full of constant love.
9He does not keep on rebuking;
he is not angry forever.
10He does not punish us as we deserve
or repay us according to our sins and wrongs.
11As high as the sky is above the earth,
so great is his love for those who honor him.
12As far as the east is from the west,
so far does he remove our sins from us.
13As a father is kind to his children,
so the Lord is kind to those who honor him.