There are many stories at the moment of people sharing kindness to those around them. I wonder what kind acts you have seen? I wonder if you have done anything kind for others?
Today, we are going to read a famous story Jesus told called The Parable of the Good Samaritan.
Let’s read the story together:
In the Good News Translation, we see the importance of kindness coming through:
And Jesus concluded, “In your opinion, which one of these three acted like a neighbour toward the man attacked by the robbers?” The teacher of the Law answered, “The one who was kind to him.” Jesus replied, “You go, then, and do the same.”
In the time and place that this parable was told, Samaritans were not popular; it was certainly not expected that this person, from that place, would be willing to help the beaten man lying helpless in the road!
How did the Samaritan show kindness to man attacked by robbers?
I wonder how the beaten man felt when the Samaritan helped him by showing kindness?
I wonder how he felt when the others walked past and ignored him?
What difference do you think this act of kindness meant to the beaten man? To the Samaritan?
Why do you think Jesus decided to tell this story? What do you think he wanted those listening to think about?
Sometimes our acts of kindness, however big or small, can really make a difference in someone’s life. In the Parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus helped the teacher of the Law realise that being a neighbour and showing kindness was much more important than deciding who is or isn’t a neighbour. Jesus’ call to ‘Go and do likewise’ has inspired many Christians to ‘love your neighbour as yourself’.
Please show me if one of my family members (or friends) need me to be extra kind to them today.