As one of the lessons in my series of Tuesday morning Bible studies here at DJs, we studied today from the 10th chapter of Luke, in which is recited the immortal and enduring story of the “Good Samaritan.” As I prepared the wrap-up portion of the lesson, writing of the parallel between the Good Samaritan and the Church, it struck me forcefully how much easier it is to tend to the physical and financial needs of people, than it is to deal with their spiritual needs. There were six of us in the session today, and we all agreed this to be true.
I warned my group, though with this thought: As terrible as it is to be physically injured, stripped, bloody and dying, and as important as it is for us to have compassion on such people, and to tend their needs, there just is no comparison between physical and spiritual needs. The people we pass on the street, deal with at the checkout counter, interact with in a restaurant, are stripped, bleeding and dying. We must stop, have compassion on them, and TEND TO THEIR WOUNDS. Hard, isn’t it? More complicated than handing out dollars, or sticking on plastic bandages, or furnishing a ride to the hospital. Spiritual sickness and soul wounds may be invisible, the patient may not want our ministrations, we may not know exactly where to place the stitches, but IT MUST BE DONE.
God help us, give us wisdom, discernment, grit, boldness and fortitude.
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