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  1. So, is the story of the Good Samaritan still practical today? Is it still practical to cross the ocean to help someone who would not even cross the street to help you? Is it practical today to help someone even if it puts us in danger?

    Yes: King Jesus' words in Matthew 5:41 KJV : "And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain."

    Considering that King Jesus called Judas Iscariot "friend" in Matthew 26:50 KJV; then His words in John 15:13 KJV is more fully understood with His words in Matthew 5:44 KJV : "Love your enemies".

  2. Great words William, thank-you.
    Your article seems to imply that we don't always have to lay down our life for someone to have greater love.

    I believe it is greater love also by risking our life, reputation, and laying down, or if you prefer setting aside time, money, and effort, pushing out of our comfort zone to genuinely help someone, physically, emotionally, and/or spiritually, as you have illustrated.

    Sister White was another example. She gave her life, suffering redicule, lack of genuine support, and rejection, to bringing to us and the world encouragement, rebuke as it applys, instruction, and illumination of the word of God. Her writings are not intended to take the place of the Bible, but rather they draw us to the Bible. When HMS Richard's said, "the Bible and the Bible only," he did not say discard the 'Spirit of Prophecy'. Yes I know, who is discarding it? Some keep it at home, some don't keep it at home, they just quote without reference. Some quote with reference. And yes some give out her books, hopefully after earning the right to do so.(Becoming aquointed with the recipient, at least did you catch any fish, my name is John, yours is?)
    Proverbs 15:32.

  3. Practical? It wasn’t tactical for Jesus to leave heaven to enter a planet infested with a deadly disease and under the power of an evil being bent on killing Him.

  4. Now I don't know what my excuse would be if I come to such situations. Can I say am not as rich as the Samaritan? Or should I say let me find him emergency response teams or the police? Well we have no excuse. We are being selfish

  5. The story of good samaritan tells us to always be good to each other and not requesting for benefits when we help someone in need because the good samaritan did not request something in return after saving some one life

    • You are so right as I contemplated this story again, I began to see the picture of Jesus can fit the roll of both the Samaritan, in that He came to rescue those who were against Him and how He was the victim, rejected by the Jewish nation but yet excepted by the Samaritans because of the woman at the well.

  6. Thank you Pastor William and your so right, they often used the victim to rob others who would come to help. But that is where we pray and trust God to defend us when we stand in faith to help others, after all do we not have guardian angels that have the power to slay 186,000 men? And if we do perish then at least we did it fulfilling and living true religion in Christ and our names are in the book of life. What did Jesus say about trying to save our selves? They would loose it, but if they were willing to loose their life they would save it. Here is the beginning comment to this story from DA…

    In the story of the good Samaritan, Christ illustrates the nature of true religion. He shows that it consists not in systems, creeds, or rites, but in the performance of loving deeds, in bringing the greatest good to others, in genuine goodness. – {DA 497.1}

  7. We look at the good Samaritan parable as representing what Christ did for us. When we are down thinking of failed goals, and mistakes, remember that Christ is our Good Samaritan. Trust, pray, and believe, He will lift us up.
    Phiippians 2:13.
    Psalms 25:12-14.


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