[CF Devotionals] 2011-06-16 - Passages For Trauma Victims

Pasasges related to helping victims of trauma (be it crime, natural disasters or whatever)

Luke 10:26-37 (The Message)

Defining "Neighbor"

  1. Just then a religion scholar stood up with a question to test Jesus. "Teacher, what do I need to do to get eternal life?"
  2. He answered, "What's written in God's Law? How do you interpret it?"
  3. He said, "That you love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and muscle and intelligence—and that you love your neighbor as well as you do yourself."
  4. "Good answer!" said Jesus. "Do it and you'll live."
  5. Looking for a loophole, he asked, "And just how would you define 'neighbor'?"

30-32 Jesus answered by telling a story. "There was once a man traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho. On the way he was attacked by robbers. They took his clothes, beat him up, and went off leaving him half-dead. Luckily, a priest was on his way down the same road, but when he saw him he angled across to the other side. Then a Levite religious man showed up; he also avoided the injured man.

33-35 "A Samaritan traveling the road came on him. When he saw the man's condition, his heart went out to him. He gave him first aid, disinfecting and bandaging his wounds. Then he lifted him onto his donkey, led him to an inn, and made him comfortable. In the morning he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, 'Take good care of him. If it costs any more, put it on my bill—I'll pay you on my way back.'

36-37 "What do you think? Which of the three became a neighbor to the man attacked by robbers?" "The one who treated him kindly," the religion scholar responded. Jesus said, "Go and do the same."

Philippians 2:3-4 (The Message) Don't be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.

Of course, some organizations are better stewards of our money, than others. As with all matters, we are to always use the wisdom and “common sense” that God gives us. As Christ taught:

Matthew 10:16 (NIV) I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.

And perhaps the “Golden Rule” sums up - most simply and succinctly - what our responses should be:

Luke 6: 31 (The Message) (Jesus said,) "Here is a simple rule of thumb for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you; then grab the initiative and do it for them!”


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