Good Samaritans - Monday's Dose - 30th April 2012


Monday's Dose - 30th April 2012


Good Samaritans


"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this:
to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keeponeself from being polluted by the world." - James 1:27.


Some time ago a friend sent me a report about some 600 lawyer
hopefuls who were taking the State bar exam when an older student had
a heart attack. Two of the students stopped to help him but, as the
story went, were not allowed any additional time to finish the exam.
Unfortunately, I'm red faced, in that part of the story was true and
part of it was a hoax and very misleading. So I am deleting the story
and apologize for my error.


The point I was trying to make was the devastating effects of
legalism which is still very much alive and well in many circles
today in both secular and religious institutions. Legalists are
basically insecure people who use rules and regulations to control
others and to keep themselves feeling safe. It is of course a fasle
security.


Jesus ripped apart the legalistic religious Pharisees of his day who
loved their stupid man-made rules more than they loved people. No
wonder Jesus blasted them. And how like Jesus' parable of the Good
Samaritan. A fellow Jew had been robbed and beaten and left by the
side of the road in great pain and distress. When a priest came by
and saw him, he passed by on the other side of the street. Another
religious leader did exactly the same thing. But a man the Jews
despised, a Samaritan, "took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged
his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own
donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him." - See Luke 10:30-37.


Prayer: "Merciful and Loving Father in Heaven, please deliver me from
the curse of legalism and help me to be like the Good Samaritan.
Because of all you have done for me, give me a compassionate heart
for others who, like me, are also in need. Thank you for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Mighty Name I Pray, Amen."


Have a Blessed Monday and God Bless you.
Courtesy : Daily Dose Devotionals Team

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