The parable of the good samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) held a beautiful but painful truth. The man lying half dead on the road to Jericho was ignored by his fellow Jews.However, a Samaritan, a race whom the Jews were not exactly on good terms with, helped him.
Translating this parable to an experience that happened to me just this week gave me these realizations.
1. In the midst of your biggest trials, do not be surprised if your brothers and sisters and all your relatives turn their backs on you, even those whom you have constantly helped. In fact, these people, whom you’ve helped and who are obviously capable of helping you back, might be the first ones who will turn their backs on you in your time of need.
God’s grace is the only thing you can constantly and confidently rely on.
2. There are still good Samaritans out there. In your desperate time of need, you get unexpected help from unexpected people. I have learned the importance of keeping a peaceful relationship with others as much as possible. We wont know who will lend a hand when we need it the most.
3. Vengeance is tempting. When people turn their backs on you, and when you see that particular relative (who enjoyed your family’s kindness and generosity but refrained to help you when they were capable) posting b****¥ stuff on FB, oh, plots of getting even will run in your head. I am not a holy person, so the struggle is real. What the bible says about loving your enemy and repaying good to those who did you wrong are VERY challenging things to do. For now, I dont think I can find it in my heart. I have decided to cut off my ties with them. Time heals. Who knows what the future will hold. But for now, they will not be in my circle.
4. Being the “Good Samaritan” is difficult. This guy in the parable is such an amazing person. Going out of your way to help someone you don’t like is hard, how much more for someone you hate. I would probably need a lot of grace to be able to do it.