08 Mar 2 Kings 7:16; John 3:16; John 13:34-35; Luke 10:25-36; Matthew 5:43-45
16 So the people went out and plundered the camp of the Arameans. Then a measure of fine flour was sold for a shekel and two measures of barley for a shekel, according to the word of the Lord.
16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
25 And a lawyer stood up and put Him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 And He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How does it read to you?” 27 And he answered, “You shall 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 your neighbor as yourself.” 28 And He said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this and you will live.” 29 But wishing to justify himself, he said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
30 Jesus replied and said, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to
Jericho, and fell among robbers, and they stripped him and beat him, and went
away leaving him half dead. 31 And by chance a priest was going down on that
road, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 Likewise a Levite also, when he came to the place
and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But
a Samaritan, who was on a journey, came upon him; and when he saw him, he felt
compassion, 34 and came to him and
bandaged up his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them; and he put him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn
and took care of him. 35 On the next day
he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper and said, ‘Take care of
him; and whatever more you spend, when I return I will repay you.’ 36 Which of these three do you think proved to be a
neighbor to the man who fell into the robbers’ hands?”
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
Earlier in the story, the Samaritan’s situation was dire, with gross things being sold at steep prices and the people resorting to awful means (2 Kings 6:24-30). But now God’s provision was so abundant that everyone was able to share in it. The same is true of God’s love and His offer of salvation. Perhaps you’ve felt as if God’s love wouldn’t cover your situation; you’ve gone too far this time, this thing is too big. Friend, God’s love is for whosoever. Or maybe you struggle to share God’s love and Good News with certain people, thinking “those people” don’t deserve it. Remember what Jesus told us about loving others: our brothers in Christ, our neighbors, even our enemies. There is nothing more loving you can do than share the Good News of Jesus Christ, with everyone!