Thursday's Thought

A Weekly Inspirational Message

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Thursday, January 25, 2007


Defined: sympathetic consciousness of others' distress

together with a desire to alleviate it.

     In the well-known parable commonly called "The Good Samaritan," Jesus answers the lawyer's question, "And who is my neighbor?" A priest, Levite, and a Samaritan all found a man, beaten and robbed, lying wounded beside the road. The priest and the Levite both had strong religious convictions, but showed no compassion. The Samaritan, whose religious convictions are not mentioned, had compassion and helped the man. Jesus' concluding words to the lawyer were, "Go and do the same."

     This parable illustrates the message of the judgment scene in Matthew 25:34-40:

"Then the King will say to those on His right, 'Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.' Then the righteous will answer Him, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?' The King will answer and say to them, 'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.'"

Both are necessary: religious convictions and compassion.

Be compassionate! "Go and do the same."

Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.

Philippians 2:1-2

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