LEARNING TO LOVE

Luke 10:25-37


Luke 10:25-37 New King James Version (NKJV)


The Parable of the Good Samaritan

25 And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”

26 He said to him, “What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?”

27 So he answered and said, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’[a] and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’”

28 And He said to him, “You have answered rightly; do this and you will live.”

29 But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

30 Then Jesus answered and said: “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.

31 Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.

32 Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side.

33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion.

34 So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.

35 On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’

36 So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?”

37 And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”



Dr. Gough:


Here in Luke 10 Jesus teaches us to love everyone.

--"To love the Lord your God with all your heart...and your neighbor as yourself." Love God, others.

--It is first in antiquity - basic from beginnings.

--First in necessity - "Jesus said, 'seek first...'"

--First in sufficiency - of "faith, hope, love, but the greatest of these is love" (I Corinthians 13).

--Why? Because "love abide, after all is gone."

--It is first in dignity - "remember your Creator.."

--It is first in longevity; love lasts, God's, ours!


A lawyer came to Jesus, "What shall I do to inherit eternal life?" Jesus said, "What does the Bible say?"

--The lawyer quoted this verse, "Love God, neighbor."

--This lawyer knew the verse? Did he know the Lord?

--Jesus said, "You answered right; do it and live."


He needed to learn to love, so Jesus gave a parable.

--Mark majors in miracles; Luke gives more parables.

--Jesus gives three philosophies, we see about us.

--One is, "What's yours is mine - I'll take it."

--Second, "What's mine is mine - I'll keep it."

--Third, "What's mine is yours - I'll share it."


Put another way it is "beat them up .. pass them up; but a Samaritan came, he saw, and had compassion to help them up" (v 33).

--"Beat them up," is what the robber did to a man.

--"What's yours is mine, I'll take it," and he nearly took the traveler's life! "Left him half dead."


A priest and Levite came by and "passes him up.

--Left the injured man lying in the dust - in pain.

--Later, a "Samaritan came, saw, had compassion..."

--Look what he did, "bandaged his wounds .. brought him to an Inn, took care of him" (v 34f).

--Jesus asks, "Which of the three was neighbor?"

--The lawyer replied, "He who showed mercy on him."

--Jesus said, "Go, and do likewise" (v 37).

--They named the place, "THE GOOD SAMARITAN INN." as its ruins are still there, seen by many visitors.


Love must be learned, it doesn't come naturally.

--Especially love for God. By nture we're selfish.

--By nature we are sinful. Like Adam, "hid from God."

--Nor do we love others as we ought, not even brothers.

--Recall "Cain killed Abel," children of Adam and Eve.

--O yes, we need to learn to love God, and one another.


This Samaritan, and the Jews, "had no dealings."

--Samaritans were despised. Jesus called, in derision, "a Samaritan and a demon" (John 8:48). How unloving!

--Back then Gentiles were called "unclean" (Acts 10:15).

--God had to teach Peter to take Christ to them.


The Christian Gospel is wonderful, simple, inclusive.

--"God so loved the world." His grace is for all!

--It is one thing to make a decision, another to live it.

--That takes daily Bible reading, prayer, and worship.


I recall in Michigan a vice-president of a bank, active in community affairs, prominent in a large church, who shocked everyone by her picture in the paper, "Indicted For Embezzlement." So sad for family and all.

--People felt she had faith. Her walk betrayed her.


My friend, the world watches our walk and our faith.

--Faith and works are like the two wings of a bird.

--Children know birds need both wings to fly. So do we.

--We need both faith and works. To believe, and obey.


To obey with good works is good, but do not save us.

--It is faith in the Savior, Who died and rose again.

--Works alone never took anyone to heaven, but faith!

--Do you have this saving, satisfying faith?


How do we get it? Believe, repent, receive, follow Jesus Christ as our personal Savior, as God's Word says.


It is to see ourselves, a sinner. As a "lost sheep."

--But Jesus as the Good Shepherd, seeks us.

--Jesus "came to seek and to save, that which was lost."

--Like the prodigal son, the Father welcomes us home.

--Teaches us, day by day, to love God. And others.


We need the Lord. Holy Spirit. The Word, and church.

--Let's get back to the Bible. To Jesus; godly living.


Look at our world. So much sin, selfishness, sorrow.

--Most people carrying a heavy load.

--Need a lift, not a put-down; prayers, not problems.

--Need peace-makers, not trouble-makers. Need love.


Many marriages need more love, less arguing, division.

--In every relationship, we need harmony, not enmity.

--Among nations and neighbors, making friends.

--Turning so-called enemies into friendships.

--Families with no dictatorships, but partnerships.

--Families - parents and children - learning to love.

--If we did in Washington, we'd be much better off!


Most of our troubles are not skin, but sin.

--Caused by the selfishness, of the human heart.

--It is I, not Christ-likeness! We want our own way!

--Forget about God's way. The feelings of others.

--It is "every man for himself," and that's not good!


What if Jesus had done that - we'd all be lost in our savage jungle - but Jesus came to serve .. to save.

--To show love, in His life .. and death .. on a cross.

--To show ou and me a model of how to live.

--With all different backgrounds personalities, needs.

--But under His lordship, as one family of faith.


I love to go to the Holy Land, see where Jesus walked.

--See the holy places. Worship with dear friends.

--In my denominational church in Jerusalem - great.

--Sit with Jews, Arabs, Gentiles of all colors.

--All different. Yet all with one faith in one Lord!

--Living, loving, praising, and serving - together.

--And they do it so beautifully, harmonious, inspiring.

--If it can happen in Jerusalem, it can - anywhere!


I grew up in a Texas town where races lived in peace.

--We didn't have to lock our houses. Weren't afraid.

--We knew one another as Christians! Church-going.

--Cared about the whole community. Worked together.

--Worshiped together at times. People loved people.


It was wrong to "despise Samaritans." Look what he did.

--He lived out his faith in love, without hyposrisy.

--He went out of his way, giving aid, without counting the cost. He did it all without hesitation.


Many religious folk have not yet learned to love.

--This Samaritan had. Served with no expected reward.

--He ministered without respect of persons.


In Mt. Clemens, MI, four churches were so very close - you could hear hymns on all sides! All were friends.

--The Catholic church caught fire! I ran to help.

--"Father Heenan, what can I do?" I ran in, asking.

--"Remove altar appointments, statues, all you can."

--Reporter Maury Vincent saw it. Called the papers.

--Later, in my office, phone rang for media interviews.

--All the major networks called, for nightly news.

--"I only did what any Christian would do - help a neighbor, a good friend, and another church and pastor."

--Letters and calls by the dozens came, from all over the world, with news clippings from their papers.

--Their school was also damaged, and we gave them use of our building for classes for months of repairs.

--When I left after 12 1/2 years, priests, nuns, Catholic friends, and paper, honored us.

--The Rabbi and Jewish Mayor were our friends, also.


Jesus teaches us to make friends. To "Love .. enemies."

--To love all people, as He loves us all .. to a cross.

--Arguing, fussing, fighting one another is no value.

--Jesus is and shows love. The Holy Spirit applies it.


In Luke 4:16, in a synagogue Jesus uses Isaiah 61

--Jesus said, "The Spirit of the Lord is on Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor."

--That's faith. "Heal the broken-hearted."

--That's works. "To proclaim liberty to the captives."

--That's faith. "Give sight to the blind."

--That's works. "To proclaim the .. year of the Lord."

--That's faith. Learning to love the Lord, and others.

--Show it, dear friends, by our works.


A man said to D.L. Moody in a Philadelphia Crusade, "I expect to get enough religion tonight for rest of my life." Moody replied, "Did you eat enough tonight for the rest of your life?"


Friend, be "born again" by faith to follow Jesus.

--Let's love, as He loves.



Dr. Wilbert D. Gough, ThD., DD. 367

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