My Good Samaritan

by Jennifer Ritchie

Much of my Christian walk I tried so hard to be a Good Samaritan.  I wanted to please Jesus and be that good neighbor that he spoke of.  After a bad week of losing my temper with the kids, getting short with someone at work and feeling that I utterly failed as a Christian example.  I sat down and cried, asking God to speak to me. 

I opened the bible to the story of the Good Samaritan. 

(Luke 10:30-35 Jesus said) A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers.  They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead.  A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side.  So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.  But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he had compassion on him.  He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine.  Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him.  The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper.  ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.

At first this scripture made me feel worse and more of a failure.  I said to God, “I know, I should have done better”.  God spoke to my heart, “Read it again”. 

After several times of reading the same passage resulting in the same feelings of guilt.  God spoke to my heart “I am the Good Samaritan”.   This was life changing for me.   

I read the scripture once again, realizing that God was comforting me saying that he saw my hurts, the times that I was mistreated, the times no one saw my pain, even the times other Christians walked by not noticing me. 

Are you in a ditch right now?  Are you feeling mistreated, overlooked, bruised, or broken?  I want to encourage you today.  Jesus wants to heal you, bind up your wounds and take care of you.  He has not forgotten you.  He has not left you for dead.  He sees you and has compassion on you, take his hand and let him heal you. 

After Christ poured in the oil and wine for me, healing my many hurts.  It became so much easier to be a Good Samaritan to others.  It is hard to give out something that you have not received for yourself.  It is difficult for a wounded person to help others.  I was hurting and needed a Savior.

 Do you have wounds that need attending?  These wounds that are sore to touch and make us react to others out of pain.  Let us give these areas of our life to Christ. 

******“Jesus, our healer, I want to speak blessings over the one reading this now.  Allow your Holy Spirit to overshadow them.  I speak healing, restoration, forgiveness, and mercy over their life.  I thank you as you begin to bind up their wounds, pouring in the oil and wine.  Thank you being their Good Samaritan today” *****

I often look back at this scripture and begin to thank God for saving, healing, and restoring me.  As the scripture tells us, He will continue to take care of us, even until He returns once again.