Morning Message of Motivation
The Compassion of Christ: 10
Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi
Compassion is a vital factor in conflict resolution. Christ gave the parable of the Good Samaritan, to answer a question posed to Him by a religious lawyer.
Luke 10:29 NKJV
“But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
Our Lord Jesus answered with a parable that should lead the Jews to change their attitude towards their Samaritan neighbours. The Jews lived side by side with the Samaritans, but had no dealings with them because they were prejudiced against them. The Jews saw nothing good in the Samaritans because of their mixed blood and their wrong worship.
1 Timothy 1:15 NKJV
“This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.”
Jesus in His compassion wanted to save all sinners, including Samaritans. Christ used this parable to show the Jews that, the despised Samaritans, could be better friends than even some Jews.
The conduct of the Jewish priest and Levite, shows us that your neighbour is not necessarily the person of the same ethnicity, tribe or religion. Christ was trying to change the dogmatic dislike that the Jews had for the Samaritans. He wanted the Jews to see that there was goodness in the Samaritans also.
•Lesson one: Even people we don’t like can possess some good qualities.
•Lesson two: God can use anyone to bless you and that includes even your enemies.
•Lesson three: Stereotyping and judging a whole group of people is wrong.
Both Jews and Samaritans were guilty of flouting the three laws stated above. The “Woman by the well” and her entire town almost missed a soul-saving encounter with the Messiah, because of prejudice.
This Samaritan town finally received Jesus better than Nazareth, Jesus’s own hometown.
Mark 6:1 NKJV
“Then He went out from there and came to His own country, and His disciples followed Him.”
He began teaching in the synagogue.
Mark 6:2a NKJV
“And when the Sabbath had come, He began to teach in the synagogue.”
They became offended.
Mark 6:3 NKJV
“Is this not the carpenter, the Son of Mary, and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And are not His sisters here with us?” So they were offended at Him.”
The men of Nazareth chased Jesus out of their town, but the men of the Samaritan town begged Jesus to stay with them.
John 4:40 NKJV
“So when the Samaritans had come to Him, they urged Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days.”
May you display a higher mentality and operate at a superior level. May you rise higher than the expectations of men. May you overcome all quarrels, in Jesus’s name.