I am sad to admit how many times I have heard or seen brokenness that did not phase me like it should have. It has taken a personal experience to remind me, people are suffering and it is always a big deal to love them through it.
I wonder how many times I have ignored hurting people and scooted right on by?
Matthew 22:36-39 says,
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it:
‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
As I watch my friends go through terror in Nicaragua, I have thought what if that was me? Ladies, what if that was us?
Luke 10:25-37 gives a parable about a man who had people snub his need, after being beaten by robbers. The Good Samaritan eventually came, but how awful it feels to be passed over.
“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.”
I pray this is etched in my heart now, to love my neighbor as myself, to have mercy and “Go and do likewise”, just as the Good Samaritan did.