There are a lot of lessons to be learned from the parable of the Good Samaritan because as Christians, we ought to show love and be caring, like him. Jesus spoke about this parable in Luke 10:30-37 to let us know that He came to save each and everyone of us.
A Jewish man was traveling on a trip from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he was attacked by bandits. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him up, and left him half dead beside the road. A priest came by and when he saw the man lying there, he just walked over to the other side of the road.
Soon a temple assistant walked by and he too passed by him to the other side. After that, a Good Samaritan who was despised by the jews came along and felt compassion for him. He poured in the olive oil and wine and bandaged his wounds. He then put him up on his own donkey and took him to an inn, and told him to look after the man well.
‘Take care of this man. If his bill runs higher than this, I’ll pay you the next time I’m here.’ “Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?” Jesus asked. The man replied, “The one who showed him mercy.” Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same.” Luke 10:30-37
Here are 3 lessons we can learn from the Good Samaritan Story:
1. Be compassionate to others
We have a very compassionate God, who gets involved in everything about us and He expects us to get involved in the lives of others too. This is actually what we can learn from the Good Samaritan who never wasted a moment to treat and bandage the wounds of the injured man. He set him upon his own donkey and even took him to an inn and cared for him.
The Good Samaritan could have left the man to die there just like the priest and temple assistant but he had compassion in his heart and acted likewise.
2. The Good Samaritan looked beyond race and religion
Even though he was considered a “despised Samaritan,” the Good Samaritan rose above all shallowness to care for a fellow human being. What a beautiful act of kindness that was by him, to take care of one of God’s creation in a way that God would like each of us to do.
3. The Good Samaritan showed kindness without expecting anything in return
The Samaritan didn’t know for how long the injured man would have to be cared for in the inn because he was left in a “half-dead” condition. But the wellbeing of the man was very important to him and so he spent all his money and time to make sure he regained his health and was fit. This act shows how generous the Good Samaritan was to the man as he was willing to spend every dime possible for it.