The Character of Compassion
Luke 10:25-37 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
25 And a [a]lawyer stood up and put Him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 And He said to him, “What is written in the Law? [b]How does it read to you?” 27 And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” 28 And He said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this and you will live.” 29
But wishing to justify himself, he said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
30 Jesus replied and said, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to
We Conserve our Compassion by limiting how much we give
Samaritan did not take the man back to his own home. That would not have been “kosher” (ironically). He didn’t act outside of what he could do. He put the man on his donkey, took him to an inn, and let the man recuperate.
Even as Christians, we tend to give and give.
#1 – is this something I can do
#2 – is this something I need to do
#3 – Is this something I should do
Remember you can only give what you have.
#2 We Conserve our Compassion by maintaining what we have
What if he had a broken-down Donkey?
Self-Care – exercise, diet, stress management
#3 We Conserve Our Compassion by increasing what we intake
The Samaritan was able to give because he had saved up
Friendships, Connection with God
Confession / Crying / Spouse & Sex
Identifying the needs we have and communicating those to others. – Man to the innkeeper
Matthew E. Morgan, MA, LPCC
Today’s show is hosted by Matthew Morgan, a licensed professional clinical counselor in Ohio. Matthew’s favorite roles are as a husband and father. He also is known for loving his coffee. See more about Matthew here
Behind the Podcast Thoughts:
Hey, nothing broke this week!