33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him.34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him.35 The next day he took out two denariit 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.’ 36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” 37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” Luke 10:33-37
Mercy starts at home. I love the story of the good Samaritan because it’s so true to life. We really should call it the story of the merciful Samaritan. Now there are people out there whose soul purpose is to be merciful, God has gifted them with the natural ability. If you are not gifted in that, God still wants you to be merciful. How do we do that? Mercy starts at home, we have to love ourselves first the right way if we even attempt to love others. We all do love ourselves to a certain degree, we have to if we are to take care of our everyday needs like food, clothing and shelter. What gets missed a lot of the time is the little things that can keep us healthy and on track. The reason they get missed is we become excuse driven. We can use people and situations to keep us from focusing on ourselves in a positive way. It starts looking like this: “I really should read my bible and pray, but I have to take care of _____.” Or: “I don’t have time to exercise because it’s too cold out right now, or I just am too tired.” The biggest battle we face in loving ourselves better is getting past our excuses. So, be a merciful Samaritan starting with yourself, then be merciful to others and get past the excuses.