If you have real love, you can’t face a needy situation without doing something about it. You can’t just pass by the poor man on the road to Jericho. You must take action, like the Good Samaritan did (Luke 10:30– 37). It’s not enough to say, “Oh, I’m so sorry, how sad!”
There was a time when Jesus was very tired and He tried to escape the multitude for a little rest, but when He looked on the multitude, the Bible says He was moved with compassion, and taught and healed them (Mark 6:31-34; Matthew 14:13-14). Compassion must be put into action.
You can’t say that you believe in something if you don’t practice it. We should apply love as God intended for it to be applied—with all our heart, with all our soul, and with all our mind (Matthew 22:37-39). That means to be truly concerned. It’s not saying, “I love you,” and then walking off and forgetting people in need. It’s not saying, “Be warmed and filled,” but not giving them the things they need when it’s in your power to help(James 2:16; Proverbs 3:28). Love without physical application is like faith without works, which is dead (James 2:26). Show love and compassion by putting kind deeds to your kind words (1 John 3:18).
Luke 10:30-37 ESV – Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’ Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.”
Matthew 22:37-39 ESV – And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
Jesus, please help us not to forget to show our love, to live our beliefs, and to follow your example. Please help us not to pass by people who need our help, but to be true Christians and be like you in our deeds.
Your sweetest Melody, ❤